Appeal launched to find foster carers in Falkirk

Barnardo's is looking for more foster parents
Barnardo's is looking for more foster parents

An appeal to find more foster carers has been launched in the Falkirk area.

As Barnardo’s Scotland launched its Change A Life campaign, it was revealed there are currently 149 children being fostered across the district – and more are waiting to find a loving home.

In the last five years the number of children living in foster care in Falkirk has risen by 44.7 per cent.

Children may find themselves in care because their parent is ill, or they may have experienced abuse or neglect. But whatever the reason, the charity said youngsters going through tough times need love, stability and support.

Barnardo’s Scotland is appealing to would-be carers who want to provide homes for toddlers or older children, children with a disability and siblings.

The charity often finds it more difficult to find homes for siblings who are sometimes split up.

Meticulously matching carers to children, Barnardo’s makes sure foster carers never ‘go it alone’. It also provides them with specialist foster carer classes and close, on-going, one-to-one help.

Michelle Strain, Barnardo’s Scotland east manager, said: “Loving foster care is crucial to giving vulnerable children the happy home they so desperately need and deserve. However, too many never experience this, because there simply aren’t enough foster carers to go around to care for the most vulnerable youngsters.

“Single or in a couple, black or white, same-sex or heterosexual, we are asking Falkirk would-be carers to come forward and help change a child’s life.”

She added that people who foster say it is one of the most important and reward experiences they will ever have.

Anyone interested in being a foster carer is asked to contact Barnardo’s Scotland by visiting {http://www.barnardos.org.uk/changealife |www.barnardos.org.uk|Click here to visit Barnardo’s} or by calling 0800 0277 280.