Renfrewshire Council launches campaign to attract more foster carers

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Renfrewshire Council is launching a campaign to attract more foster carers to help make a difference to children’s lives.
Foster Parents. Renfrewshire council
To mark Foster Care Fortnight, which runs from runs from 14-27 May there will be a series of informal events where potential foster carers can get more information and the chance to chat with people already in the role.
Events will be held at the Lagoon Leisure Centre on 15 May between 10-12pm, and at Renfrew Health Centre between 10am-12pm on 16 May. Prospective carers can also get advice at Johnstone Town 17 May, between 1.30pm- 3.30pm.
Foster Care Fortnight aims to raise awareness and highlight the work of dedicated foster carers who can provide loving and stable homes for children who desperately need support.
The local authority is aiming to increase the number of people in the rewarding roles by almost a fifth, from 81 to 100.
Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Convener, Councillor Jim Paterson said: “If you think you could make a difference to a child’s live and help shape a brighter future for them, then foster caring could be for you.
“Our events will give potential foster carers the chance to speak with people already in the role and hear their inspiring stories, as well as get advice from members of our foster care team.
“Our family of foster carers are fully supported on every step of their journey by a team of professionals, as well as networking and support from their peers.”
Foster carers can be in work or unemployed, be single, married or in a same sex or heterosexual relationship and can own or rent the property they live in.
As well as training and support, carers receive a generous allowance.
Anyone interested in more detail can call the team at Renfrewshire Council on 0300 300 1199 or email childrenandfamilies@renfrewshire.gov.uk