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Council urges Highland residents to consider fostering or adoption during National Adoption Week

3rd November 2014

Photograph of Council urges Highland residents to consider fostering or adoption during National Adoption Week

People in the Highlands are being urged to consider fostering or adopting during National Adoption Week this week (3 - 9 November 2014).

Highland Council's Fostering and Adoption service need permanent families for children with special needs, disability, older children and sibling groups, to help keep brothers and sisters together.

Children's Champion, Councillor Linda Munro said: "There’s a constant need for foster carers and adoptive parents right across the Highlands. The people who come forward play a vital role in securing a better future for children who desperately need support and the opportunity to experience a stable family environment. You don’t need to be an expert, you just need to care and want to provide a family home. I urge anyone evening thinking about it to pick up the phone and call 01463 703 431 for more information - you don’t have to commit - just call."

Councillor Alasdair Christie, Chair of the Council’s Education, Children and Adult Service Committee said: "Many of the children who need permanent care can present challenging and/or difficult behaviour and can have complex health needs. Highland Council’s extensive training and support packages help equip families – including children of carers – to deal with these needs positively. With care, stability and hard work, most children will thrive in permanent foster care or adoptive families. If you are looking for a challenging but rewarding future through fostering or adoption then email fostering[AT]highland.gov.uk now."

Highland Council will consider couples, married or not, civil partnerships and single people, employed or unemployed, home owners or those who rent. The assessment process is thorough and the applicant’s skills are assessed, particularly with regard to their understanding and ability to care for children who have experienced trauma, neglect and abuse and those affected by disability.

Anyone thinking about fostering or adoption who would like to find out more, please don’t hesitate to contact the Council for more information. The first step is to phone the friendly fostering and adoption team on 01463 703 431 or email fostering[AT]highland.gov.uk.

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