Council to launch foster carers handbook

Foster carers are to help launch a new carers handbook alongside the latest advertising campaign to promote foster care in the city.

The handbook is a tailored guide for the city's foster carers and is part of the Council's wider effort to ensure that anyone thinking of becoming a carer is confident that they'll get all the support they need.

City Children & Families Leader Cllr Marilyne MacLaren said:

"A carer can have a huge impact on a child's life and our foster care team provide vital support to them whist working hard to encourage more people to become carers.

"We have made foster care a big priority but we still need lots more people from different walks of life to tackle the current shortage. We want anyone who is considering becoming a carer to know that that full training and expert support is provided."

There are 300 carers looking after 500 children in Edinburgh. At the moment carers are urgently needed for older children and sibling groups. The current recruitment campaign runs under the straplines 'Foster Me' and 'Foster Us.'

The Council offers a range of opportunities for carers to suit different circumstances. Foster carers could be single, in a couple, married, straight or gay and may or may not already have children. They can be a tenant or a home-owner, live in a flat or a house and may or may not be in paid employment.

Carers get paid as self-employed people by the Council and receive a fee, allowances, full training and ongoing support. Depending on the type of caring work taken on, the rewards can be around the level of a well paid full-time job. Carers also get funds to provide pocket money and to buy Christmas presents.

To find out more, including full information on allowances and fees please visit the Council's foster care web pages or phone 0800 174 833.




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