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Perth & Kinross Council's Family Based Care Team is looking to recruit new foster carers to ensure children and young people can continue to be looked after within the Perth and Kinross area.

They want to hear from anyone up for making a change this year and becoming a foster carer - a role that can make a real and lasting difference to a young life. 

Many children and young people are looked after by foster carers in Perth and Kinross. These children and young people have often had difficult family experiences and need carers who can offer them a stable family experience and lots of fun.

You don't need formal qualifications to become a foster carer - full and ongoing training and support is  provided - but personal qualities like patience, understanding and a good sense of humour are essential.

Alongside this, approved foster carers receive allowances for their services based on the age of the child or young person they are caring for, as well as additional holiday allowances paid for Christmas, summer holidays, and the child's birthday.

There is a range of different types of fostering that carers can provide, from short breaks to interim and permanent fostering. Foster carers are also needed who can care for brothers and sisters together in one family environment. 

Jacquie Pepper, Depute Director of Education and Children's Services said: "Foster care within Perth and Kinross is a vital part of our services when children and young people cannot remain within their own families. It is a really rewarding role and helps us to keep our children local along with their brothers and sisters. I am always amazed at the big hearts our foster carers have and the huge difference they make to children and their families. 

This has been a tough year for everyone and many of us have re-evaluated what's important and changed our lifestyles - so if you are thinking about a change of career, and taking on new challenges and seeking a fulfilling role - perhaps now is the time to consider fostering."

If you are interested, email ecsfpduty@pkc.gov.uk or call 01738 477806 and the Team will be in touch. Further information is also available from our website at www.pkc.gov.uk/fosteringadoption