Capital foster care drive reaches out to city's communities

A concerted drive to increase the number of foster carers in Edinburgh is underway.

A series of drop-in events are taking place in the coming months, the first event on the 6 March is hoping to attract potential carers from the LGBT community to come along and learn more about fostering and adoption opportunities.

The next event on 14 March is seeking to recruit more respite foster carers.  These types of carers are often asked to look after disabled children for regular short periods of time, usually one weekend in four or overnight during the week, as well as the possibility of holiday breaks of two weeks per year.  This provides support for the children's families and gives them a chance for some respite from their full-time caring roles.                

Councillor Paul Godzik, Education, Children & Families Convener said: "We are continually trying to increase the number of foster carers in Edinburgh and we are hosting these targeted events to try and reach out to all sectors of the community in the city.  We can help advise people who are considering becoming foster carers about the different options open to them as well as answering any questions they may have about the role.  For anyone considering becoming a foster carer I would encourage you to come along to one of the drop-in events or get in touch with the team to help get an understanding of what's involved."

The LGBT fostering and adoption drop-in event will take place on 6 March at the LGBT Centre on Howe St. from 5pm to 7pm.  The respite carers event will take place from 5pm to 7pm, 14 March at Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, EH8 8BG.  Foster care recruitment staff and carers will be on hand at both events to meet potential carers.                              

The 'Foster Me Foster Us' campaign aims to help address a shortage of foster carers in Edinburgh; more carers are needed to provide children with safe and caring homes while they are unable to live with their own families.

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