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Think Fostering Think Barnardo’s

posted 20 May 2011, 01:48 by Alistar Frater
Barnardo’s Scotland Fostering (Edinburgh) is taking part in Foster Care Fortnight 2011. The awareness campaign which runs from 16 – 29 May is urgently calling for more people in Edinburgh to consider becoming foster carers.

Barnardo’s Scotland Fostering (Edinburgh) is looking for new foster carers to look after children and young people with additional needs such as challenging behaviour or physical disabilities.

Research shows that the vast majority of children thrive within a secure and loving family. However, such placements are hard to find, and if like many of the children placed by Barnardo’s Scotland, the child needs extra support potential foster carers are even less likely to come forward.

Stephanie Stone, Assistant Director for Fostering and Adoption, said: “Our experience shows that the chance to be cared for in a family can turn a child’s life around. Caring for children and young people can be challenging, but our carers also tell us how enriching it is for their families. Children always bring their own challenges and rewards but the greatest satisfaction is seeing the child make progress and knowing that you have made a difference. I would urge people to contact Barnardo’s Scotland and find out more about becoming a foster carer.”

There is no such thing as a typical foster carer. They come from all different backgrounds and bring their own strengths to the role. The most important qualities carers need are patience and understanding, and a real commitment to making life better for children in need of a family.

For further information, even if it is just an informal chat and an opportunity to ask some questions contact Barnardo’s Scotland Fostering (Edinburgh) 0131 228 4121 or visit our website www.barnardos.org.uk/fosteringandadoption.
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