Foster carers campaign aims to boost interest

04-03-2015 Picture Roberto Cavieres. Fostercare Campaign, Cllrs Manjinder Shergill and Michael O'Donnell
04-03-2015 Picture Roberto Cavieres. Fostercare Campaign, Cllrs Manjinder Shergill and Michael O'Donnell

East Dunbartonshire Council has launched a major campaign to recruit more people to become foster carers throughout the district.

The People like you Fostercare campaign will run throughout March with the message being displayed on billboards and at train stations and bus stops.

With approximately 40 children and young people coming into care each year in East Dunbartonshire, the council needs to attract more foster carers to come forward and open up their homes and help make a difference to a young person’s life.

Councillor Michael O’Donnell, convener of the Social Work Committee, officially launched the campaign in Bearsden this week, saying “We are facing a shortage in the number of foster carers in the area and we need more people to come forward and provide what is a vitally important role in a child or young person’s life. There are many myths about who can become a foster carer, but what really matters is that someone has the commitment, skills and ability to look after children separated from their own families, and to offer them a stable and secure home. Foster care can be challenging, but ultimately very rewarding work and carers can make a positive difference to some of the most vulnerable people in our community.”

For more information contact the council on 0300 123 4510.