Figures released ahead of Foster Care Fortnight have revealed that the City of Edinburgh Council has exceeded its foster carer recruitment target for the first time.
Councillor Paul Godzik, Children, Education and Families Convener, said: “It’s really encouraging that we exceeded our target for recruiting foster carers last year. Despite this positive news there’s still a real shortage of foster carers across Edinburgh and we’re hoping more people will consider becoming carers for children and young people.”
Although the Council successfully recruited 29 carers last year – four ahead of its target – it is actively recruiting again for this year to supplement the 350 foster carers currently providing excellent care.
They are also calling on current foster carers to inspire new carers by taking to social media to let everyone know why they love fostering using the hash tag #lovefostering.
Anna Friel has been a foster carer in Edinburgh for the past nine years. She said: “Fostering can be challenging but it’s important to focus on the positives as there are so many. Our children have benefited from fostering too as they have a lot more understanding and have a lot more empathy. I would 100% recommend fostering to anyone who is thinking about it.”
For more details about becoming a foster carer go to the Foster Edinburgh website or contact 0800 174 833 or 0131 529 2773.