Online event to find foster carers across Falkirk to care for local children
An online event is being held to find "Falkirk people who could be Falkirk foster carers to look after Falkirk's children".
If you think you could help, the online meeting next Thursday (May 20) at 6pm will tell you more.
You'll hear what is involved and listen to foster carers talk about their own experiences - and how fostering can help change children's lives for the better.
The event - part of Fostering Fortnight - is just be the start of a process that will make sure foster carers and children are right for each other.
A national shortage means some children are being looked after outside their local area.
Falkirk Council wants to change that, to make sure children can stay near family, friends, schools and other familiar things.
Children's services manager Vivien Thomson stresses that anyone can apply to be a foster carer - as long as they have a spare room and the capacity to care for a child, or children, and offer them safety and security.
Vivien said: "We have a wonderful group of foster carers who show a real commitment to Falkirk’s children.
"The service prides itself on the support and training that is given."
They're particularly keen to hear from anyone willing to look after teenagers, offer a home to brothers and sisters to keep them together, and those able to care for young people who have been through difficult experiences and need extra care and support.
To find out more or visit https://falkirkfosteringandadoption.co.uk or find Falkirk Council Adoption & Fostering on Facebook.