East Lothian Council

East Lothian URGENTLY looking for more Foster Carers!

Published Tuesday 1st August 17

Are you who they're looking for?

Are you who they're looking for?

Look out for the new East Lothian ‘Are you who they’re looking for’ fostering campaign being launched this August. Posters should be appearing on lampposts, offices, walls and windows across the county, trying to get more people to take up this excellent career. There’ll also be lots of social media, so we’re hoping that everyone will do their best for East Lothian’s children and young people – even if you can’t foster, please share the message as widely as you can (on social media, by putting up posters or just good old word of mouth).

East Lothian Council’s Education and Children’s Services spokesperson Councillor Shamin Akhtar said:

‘We have children and young people who need foster carers urgently. We had a brilliant response to our campaign at Christmas and the foster carers recruited then have completed their home visits, disclosure checks and training and are now taking on their first young people. However, demand is always growing and we need more people to come forward very soon and give their love and support to some vulnerable children and young people who really, really need them.

‘As you know, we set great store in East Lothian in keeping our looked-after children in or very close to East Lothian, so that very vulnerable children don’t have to change schools or lose touch with their friends and wider families. Not every fostering agency thinks this is important but we do – we really see the value in not sending children far away from everyone and everything they know. So, I’d just like to say how grateful I am to all our foster carers for choosing to Foster East Lothian and for the fantastic job they do – they make a difference every day. I hope that there will be a number of people reading this article now who will also be able to make that difference and be the ones that our children so desperately need.’

To find out more about joining our East Lothian fostering team, please go to www.eastlothian.gov.uk/fostering or phone us on 01620 827 643. Our next intake of foster carers takes place in September 2017.

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