This year alone, 750 new foster carers are needed right across Scotland to ensure that the rising number of children coming into care can have the best chance to find a loving foster family who can not only meet their needs, but help them build a positive future.
Over 5,500 children live with almost 4,500 foster families across Scotland each day. There is a particular need for foster carers to look after teenagers, disabled children and sibling groups, with the need for more foster carers meaning that children may end up far from home, be split up from brothers and sisters or lose touch with family and friends.
Mark McDonald comments, “I’m thrilled to support Foster Care Fortnight. As each year passes, we see more and more children coming into care, and so we need more people to open their heart, and homes, to children and young people who need support at a critical point in their young lives.
“A good foster carer will believe in the ambition of the children in their care in the same way they’d believe in the ambition of their own family members. A childhood is too short to waste, and foster carers can help those who haven’t had the best start to begin to enjoy life and grow into the adults that they want to be.”
Sarah Lurie, director of The Fostering Network Scotland said, “We are absolutely delighted that Mark McDonald is supporting this year’s Foster Care Fortnight.
“It shows that they recognise the need to make sure that the children and young people of Aberdeen City who most need support, love and care.”
If you believe you have the skills and qualities needed to provide a loving home to children and young people in foster care, then find out more by visiting: www.fostering.net