As part of this year’s Foster Care Fortnight, Scottish Borders Council is encouraging residents to think about fostering, especially if they can offer a home to adolescents in need of care.
Across the UK, more than 9,000 new foster families are needed in the next 12 months alone, with the greatest need being for foster carers for older children, sibling groups and disabled children.
Councillor Frances Renton, the council’s executive member for social work and housing said: “As always, Foster Care Fortnight is an opportunity for us to raise awareness of the ongoing need we have in the Borders for people to come forward and talk to our family placement team about fostering.
“The team is particularly keen to hear from people interested in caring for adolescents.
“Families can offer young people love, security and stability, which can all make a significant contribution to their self-esteem, wellbeing and learning.”
Michelle Hoppe has been one of the council’s foster carers since January 2015.
She said: “The main motivation for becoming a foster carer was to be able to give something back to society.
“The rewards of seeing children having their needs being met are enormous.
“Allowing them to flourish in a safe and nurturing environment and ensuring routines are maintained means the young person thrives.”
If you believe that you have got the skills and dedication needed to give a child a loving home, the family placement team wants to hear from you as there are children and young people waiting now for the right families.
If you would like more information, the team will be at Borders General Hospital in Melrose today from 9am to 6pm and tomorrow from 9am to 3pm to explain the rewards and benefits of becoming a foster carer.
You can also call 01896 662799 or click on www. scotborders.gov.uk/fostering