Change a life and change your life - for the better

Perth & Kinross Council's ongoing foster carer recruitment campaign is moving into its second phase this week with a further call to anyone who would like to play their part in making a difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young people.

The first phase of the campaign began in March 2017 to recruit more foster carers, and supported lodgings providers for young people leaving care. A number of new family-based carers have subsequently been assessed and approved. A recent survey* of current foster carers with Perth & Kinross Council has also highlighted that 100% of those who responded would recommend the Council as a fostering organisation to work with.

Lifelong Learning Convener Councillor Caroline Shiers has warmly welcomed the news: "The Council is committed to helping children and young people in Perth and Kinross to be the best they can be, and for those who are unable to stay with their birth families, the supportive, secure family environment that our family based carers provide is crucial. 

Wherever possible, we want children and young people to be placed locally, so they can maintain the links they have and feel as settled as possible. Having enough foster carers and supported lodgings providers working with us is therefore vital. There has been a really positive response to the first stage of our recruitment campaign, and I hope this will continue. Carers are everyday heroes, who can change lives daily for the better, and as they have said to us, while it can be a challenge, the rewards are phenomenal. Please get in touch with the Family Based Care Team to find out more and register your interest - we would be delighted to hear from you!"

Anyone who would be interested in applying to become a foster carer can contact the Council's Family Based Care Team on 01738 477806 or email ecsfpduty@pkc.gov.uk.  For supported lodgings (assisting young people 16 and over leaving care to prepare for independent living), please call 01738 783466 or email supportedlodgings@pkc.gov.uk. Full training and ongoing support is provided to carers and fees/allowances are paid reflecting the level of commitment and care they provide to children and young people. 

Further information is also available from our Fostering & Adoption pages.

*The Fostering Facts infographic can be viewed from the link on the right of this page.