Appeal launched to find foster carers

A new campaign has been launched calling on more local people to consider making space in their lives to foster or adopt a child.

The drive, recently unveiled by North Lanarkshre Council, focuses on the simple everyday things that make all the difference to a child’s life; a smiling face after school, football in the garden, help with homework or a favourite dinner together.

Councillor Sam Love, the council’s convener of housing and social work, who has direct experience of fostering, said: “Every child deserves to be part of a family, and we are looking for people who can offer a temporary or permanent caring home for children and young people.

“Some people think they won’t be able to adopt or foster because they’re single, over 40 years old or don’t own their own home, but this simply isn’t the case.

“Others fear that they won’t be good enough.

“Our campaign is all about showing people that it’s the simple everyday things that make a childhood.

“Above all else, we need people who can give children the stability they need – people who can be there and care.

“If you think you might have what it takes to become a child’s carer, please pick up the phone today.

“Remember, it’s not super heroes we’re after, it’s every day heroes.”

The new campaign, which can currently be seen on billboards, bus backs and posters throughout North Lanarkshire, is expected to run for three to five years, helping the council to find families for many more children and sibling groups.

For more information, go to www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/fosteringandadoption or call 0800 073 1566.