City rises to the challenge to foster

As Foster Care Fortnight draws to a close, the City of Edinburgh Council is on target to increase the number of carers needed this year to help look after some of the city’s most vulnerable children.

But, as more children continue to need foster carers, the Council is urging people not to be complacent, and encouraging those who are interested to find out more.

At the start of this year, the Council set a target to recruiting 30 more carers. So far, 12 new carers are well on their way to becoming approved foster carers with another 18 starting out on the recruitment process.

City Children & Families Leader Cllr Paul Godzik said: "I am delighted that we are on track to meet our target of urgently needed foster carers. However, real challenges remain, the demand for foster carers continues to rise and there will always be a need for more. I would encourage anyone interested to take the next step and get in touch.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our carers for the hugely important work they do.  They make a real difference to the lives of some of our most vulnerable children. But like every job, they cannot go on forever, so we will always be looking for people who can take on this rewarding role."

The City of Edinburgh Council is saying thank you to all its current carers in a family fun day on Sunday 27 May. It will be an opportunity to celebrate the vital work that they do, and give them the opportunity to meet other people in the same job. The event also coincides with the end of Foster Care Fortnight.

There is more information available online for those who are interested in finding out about fostering.

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