Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have made a fresh appeal for foster carers to look after children and young people who are unable to remain in the care of their birth families.
A spokesperson said: “We believe all children have the right to live in a family, but if they are not able to live with their birth family, fostering can provide a positive alternative.
“We need foster carers for a range of children, from babies to teenagers, for short weekend breaks to a more permanent ‘forever’ home. We need foster carers from all walks of life and backgrounds including people who have children and those who don't. Anyone can be a foster carer as long as they have the qualities, skills and experience required to look after children in care."
All applicants, single or couples must:
• be over 21 years old
• have a spare room
Applicants do not have:
• to be employed
• to own your own home
The spokesperson continued: “All applicants will be subject to Local Authority, health, employment and Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) checks.
“We know that the main motivation for becoming a foster carer is not about the pay however, we recognise the valuable contribution that foster carers make to the lives of children and young people who require to be looked after away from home and we reflect this in how we pay and support our carers.
“We believe that our carers should be properly trained and supported, equipped with the skills and confidence to fully benefit the children in their care
“If you are looking for a job that will give you satisfaction and competitive professional fees and allowances that reflect the skilled and demanding work you will be doing, then fostering with us could be for you.”
Anne, a foster carer working at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. commented: "The rewards of fostering are away and above any other job I have ever done."