Staff from the Council’s Fostering & Adoption Team are getting out and about this summer setting out their stall at a series of community gala days.
Starting this Saturday (11th June) at Menstrie Gala the team will be hosting a stall hoping to speak to as many local people as possible about becoming a foster carer.
The team is calling on people in our communities to consider fostering to ensure that our local children are able to grow up in the area in which they belong, maintaining family contacts, school links and friendships.
The team is particularly keen to hear from applicants who could offer care to sibling groups and who are committed to working alongside other carers to maintain links between brothers and sisters. The sibling bond is one of the most important relationships we have in our lives and all children should have the opportunity to grow up with their siblings where possible.
Councillor Wendy Hamilton, spokesperson for Health and Social Care said: “There are a lot of myths about fostering. For example, you do not need to own your own home but you do need a spare room. You also do not need to be married; single sex couples and single people can foster. By getting out and about and talking directly to local people, our fantastic foster care team will be able to explain what being a foster carer is really about.
“Fostering is immensely rewarding. You will be provided with an induction, mentoring, training and support groups and a dedicated worker for you and your family. When you become a foster carer you become part of a community which is there to support you every step of the way.”
Find out more by visiting the foster care stall at this Saturday’s Menstrie Gala day in Dumyat Park between 1pm and 5pm.
The team will also be at Coalsnaughton Gala on 18th June and Tillicoultry Gala on 19th June.
For more information about being a foster carer call us on 01259 225085 or fill in the form on our website and we’ll be in touch.