Published Monday 28 November 2011
The Council's headquarters at Waverley Court is to host a foster care drop-in evening on Thursday 1 December from 5pm -7pm.
Part of an ongoing campaign to recruit more carers for the city, the event will give those interested the opportunity to find more about the role.
City Education Leader Cllr Marilyne MacLaren said:
"Foster carers play a vital role in our city but we need to recruit more. We understand that anyone interested in becoming a carer will have lots of questions, so coming along to our drop-in event is the perfect way to find out more."
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.
Foster carers must be over 21 years old. They can be single, married or part of a long-term relationship. They can be a tenant or homeowner. Some have children of their own and some don't. Carers don't need to be well-off or in work.
Anyone interested in finding out more about fostering can call the City of Edinburgh Council free on 0800 174 833 or visit the Council's foster care web pages