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Over 65,000 children live with almost 55,000 foster families across the UK. This is nearly 80% of the 83,000 children in care away from home on any one day in the UK – Fostering Network (2019)
While local authorities and charities such as ourselves do what they can to help families to stay together, some young people are not able to live at home and require time and guidance from caregivers in another setting. For 4730 children and young people in Scotland last year, this setting was with a foster family. Our foster carers provide support on a short term basis or often until the young person in their care is ready for independence. You may be someone who could provide the stability and guidance for a young person to succeed.
The Need for Foster Carers
Looked after children and young people may often be rehabilitated with parents, though many others have spent extended periods of time in young people’s centres, residential care or even homeless and unable to return to their family. Young people in need of foster care will likely have experienced some or many adverse childhood experiences. In the right foster family, a young person can thrive and have a better start at adulthood.
Dean and Cauvin Young People’s Trust are passionate about supporting young people and seek to improve the lives and outcomes of those living in and around Edinburgh. Room4U was founded in part due to a high number of referrals for over 12s who would benefit from support in a family environment but were unable to be placed. The need for foster placements continues to outweigh the resources available, with Scotland seeing a steady decline in the total number of households approved foster care since 2015.
Room4U received 345 placement requests in 2019 which is far more than we are able to accommodate, so we are seeking new families with the skills and drive to give young people a safe home.
Enquire now by email or phone 0131 297 7322 to receive more information on fostering with us.