Growing need for more foster carers in the Borders

Councillor Frances Renton, SBC's Executive Member for Social Work (left) with foster family Dawn, Graham and daughter Ailsa (sitting) at the launch of Fostercare Fortnight yesterday in the Burgh Chambers, Galashiels
Councillor Frances Renton, SBC's Executive Member for Social Work (left) with foster family Dawn, Graham and daughter Ailsa (sitting) at the launch of Fostercare Fortnight yesterday in the Burgh Chambers, Galashiels

During Foster Care Fortnight, Borderers are being asked to consider whether they could be foster parents.

Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for social work, Councillor Frances Renton explained: “There are currently 46 households in the Borders looking after 87 children and young people who either cannot live at home or who need additional support. However there are many more carers needed to look after children and young people of all ages, especially adolescents.

“Short Breaks carers who are prepared to provide respite for children and young people with additional support needs are also required.”

Stella Everingham, SBC’s head of integrated children’s services added: “When a foster placement is not available locally, children from the Borders often have to be placed at a considerable distance from their families and communities which is not ideal for them in terms of their development and best interests. Recruiting foster carers from within the Scottish Borders provides better, more stable placements which meet the needs of children.”

Anyone who thinks they could be a carer or wants to find out more should contact the Resources Team on 01896 662799. Foster carers come from all walks of life and there are children and young people who are waiting for the right family.