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Figures show 580 new Scottish foster families needed

580 new foster families are needed this year across the country.

That’s according to research published today, by charity The Fostering Network.

Over 8 and a half thousand foster families are required across the UK by the end of 2019.

There are more than 5,000 children living with foster families across Scotland.

Sara Lurie, director of The Fostering Network in Scotland, said: ‘For some children, no matter how much their mum or dad loves them, they are not able to look after them. That’s where foster carers can step in. It might be for a just few days, months, or years and can change a child’s future.

‘Foster carers open their hearts and their homes to children. On any given day in Scotland there are more than 5,000 children living with foster families, making memories, being loved and flourishing.

‘Along with fostering services across Scotland, we are calling on people who think they have the right qualities, skills and experience to change a child’s future to come forward to foster. Why not find out more about fosteringthis Foster Care Fortnight?’

Jules and Adrian have been fostering for Swiis Foster Care for six years and, as well as having two birth children, they currently look after three fostered children – a brother and sister aged nine and six, and a young boy aged eight.​

 Jules says: ‘Fostering can be very challenging and full-on at times, as each child has their own unique needs and challenges. However, encouraging the children to try new things and have new experiences is very heart warming and satisfying.

‘If you have ever thought about fostering or helping a child in care fulfil their potential, then foster care fortnight is a great opportunity to get more information and get involved.’

Anyone interested in fostering can visit thefosteringnetwork.org.uk to find out more, or they can follow the Foster Care Fortnight campaign using #changeafuture.

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