Appeal for foster carers launched

The council’s fostering and adoption team (left to right) Ashlee Halliday (Dunoon), Janice Frank (Helensburgh), Louise Long (Kilmory), Karon McCreadie (Helensburgh), Adah Lambie (Dunoon), Lucy-Anne Bonete and Tom Niccolls (both Helensburgh) at a foster carer day in Inveraray earlier this month.
The council’s fostering and adoption team (left to right) Ashlee Halliday (Dunoon), Janice Frank (Helensburgh), Louise Long (Kilmory), Karon McCreadie (Helensburgh), Adah Lambie (Dunoon), Lucy-Anne Bonete and Tom Niccolls (both Helensburgh) at a foster carer day in Inveraray earlier this month.

An appeal has been launched to find foster carers in Helensburgh and Lomond who can look after a child or children while plans are made for their future.

When children for whatever reason cannot depend on their own family for care, they often turn to foster carers for the loving, stable home they desperately need.

Carers come from all walks of life. Anyone who has children’s interests at heart, is over 21 and would like to play a vital part in giving a kind and supportive upbringing to children whose young lives have been difficult, could be a great foster carer.

Veronica, who has worked as a local foster carer, explained what it’s like to look after a child in need.

She said: “Looking after someone else’s ‘hurt’ child, reassuring them of their own worth and enabling them to deal with their own pain is both demanding and rewarding.

“Realising that we don’t have the answers but that a comfortable rewarding environment will do for the time being is a great bit of self discovery. In short, fostering can create a safe place for a hurt human.”

New research from the Fostering Network says that Scots are more likely to foster compared to other parts of the UK. One third of us believe we could become foster carers, according to the poll.

Argyll and Bute Council’s family placement duty worker will be happy to hear from people who are interested on 01546 605517 or via email – fpduty@argyll-bute.gov.uk

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