New films and radio ads to persuade people to consider fostering
Midlothian Council is using a national fostering event to encourage people to come forward and help stop young children leaving Midlothian for foster care.
A new DVD, film clip and renewed radio advertising are all being used as from Monday 14 May, the start of the UK event Fostercare Fortnight, to encourage people to come forward.
In Midlothian there is an ongoing need for more single people, couples and families to start to foster and offer a home to children in Midlothian who are in crisis. Without more people starting to foster these children will have to be placed out of the area compounding the distress of being separated from their families, having to move school and away from local community support and familiarity.
The DVD features two foster families in Midlothian who talk about the challenges and rewards of fostering. It also shows a teenager who explains what a positive effect fostering has had on her life and can be viewed at www.midlothian.gov.uk/fostering.
A child comes into care and needs a foster family every 22 minutes across the UK. This highlights the urgent need for foster carers right across the country - the Fostering Network estimates that at least 8,750 new foster families are needed in 2012 alone.
Please contact the Family Placement Team on 0131 270 5678 to find out more information or go to www.midlothian.gov.uk/fostering. Alternatively email us at Family.Placement@midlothian.gov.uk