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Drive to Recruit Carers from Black & Minority Ethnic Communities

posted 31 Aug 2009, 04:00 by myEdinburgh Admin
A recuitment drive has been launched to encourage more people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds (BME) to become foster carers.

Currently there are very few BME carers in Edinburgh and the aim is to try and increase numbers so that children from different cultural, religious and ethnic groups can live with foster carers who share similar backgrounds.

City Education Leader Cllr Marilyne MacLaren said: "We are always looking for people to become foster carers but in doing that we want to be sure that the service reflects the cultural make-up of our modern society.

"Our foster care team have been working hard to encourage more people to become carers and this campaign will promote the benefits that support from different cultural and religious backgrounds can provide for a child."

The BME recruitment campaign is part of an ongoing wider campaign to promote foster care in Edinburgh. Anyone interested in finding out more about fostering can call the City of Edinburgh Council free on 0800 174 833 or visit: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/fostering

Lots of different people can foster with the City of Edinburgh Council:

* You must be over 21 years old.

* You can be single, married or part of a long-term relationship.

* You can be a tenant or homeowner.

* You might have children of your own, or you might not.

* You don't need to be well-off or in work.

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