Foster Care Fortnight TM is The Fostering Network’s annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering and to show how foster care transforms lives. It is also the UK’s biggest foster carer recruitment campaign. Over 8,000 new foster families are needed in the next 12 months alone to care for a range of children. With the greatest need being for foster carers for older children, sibling groups and disabled children.
Foster Care Fortnight 2019 takes place from 13 to 26 May and this year’s theme is, ‘change a future’. This Foster Care Fortnight is about showing how fostering can futures – the futures of fostered children and young people and the futures of the foster families who care for them. If you think you have the relevant skills and experience, we’re calling on you to consider becoming foster carers so that you can also #changeafuture.
We are proud to be supporting Forster Care Fortnight to help raise awareness of fostering in Scotland and changing a young person’s future. Every 20 minutes a child comes in to the care system and needs a foster family. This equates to more than 1,000 children and young people during the duration of Foster Care Fortnight!
Isobel Hodge, Registered Manager of FCA Scotland, said: “Many people say they would love to foster but they think their personal circumstances may prevent them from doing so. There are many misconceptions about fostering and myths that need to be broken-down. There is currently a shortage of foster carers across Scotland, so it’s essential that we challenge the misconceptions surrounding these perceived barriers to prevent potential foster carers from not making that first enquiry.
Foster Care Fortnight is a great opportunity to talk to our team and have an informal chat to find out more about fostering. People are often surprised by how much support and training is available and this is a key driver for many people taking the first step towards becoming foster carers.”
If you think you could change a future or want to know more on how to foster then, get in touch with a member of our team today!
If you would like some more information to help you decide whether fostering is for you all you need to do is contact us.
Call us on 0141 646 4805 (lines open Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm)
Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we’re here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.
Outside of these hours please call 0800 434 6000. Freephone lines open Mon to Thurs – 5pm to 8pm.