Ever thought of becoming a foster carer? Some children in Clackmannanshire need different kinds of care – and we’re looking for ordinary local people who can offer young people a safe and secure home experience, security, fun and commitment.
The Council hopes to recruit more local people to help look after those children who need care in a variety of ways. If this is something you might be interested in, a friendly drop in evening is being held on Tuesday 5 June where you can find out more and meet some current foster carers.
Foster carers come from all walks of life - you could be a home owner, live in a rented house, be single, be a same sex couple or be married or in a civil partnership. You do need at least one spare bedroom that you can make welcoming for a young person, patience, empathy, motivation, commitment and a good sense of humour.
Along with people new to fostering, existing carers are being encouraged to contact the Council, where we can offer training opportunities, support and competitive fees and allowances.
As part of our commitment to you, you will have ongoing support and advice from a named worker, access to training and the opportunity to meet regularly with other foster carers to share experiences and learning.
Cllr Les Sharp, Spokesperson for Health & Social Services said: “We want to encourage local people to think about if they could become a foster carer for children in Clackmannanshire. This can vary from providing short respite breaks to adoption or offering a young adult a supported environment before they step out to the world on their own.
“We are committed to recruiting, supporting and developing our carers in Clackmannanshire so they can care for these children – the needs are great but the rewards are greater. The friendly team is looking forward to hearing from local people and explaining more about the opportunities available.”
To find out more please call 01259 225000, email firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to the Council website. The drop-in event takes place on Tuesday 5 June anytime from 6-8pm at Alloa Town Hall where you can meet current foster carers, along with Council social work officers who can give help and advice.