Currently there are over 16,000 children in the care of local authorities in Scotland and a shortage of around 1,700 foster carer families to help support them.
Agencies such as the NFA work with Local Authorities in placing children in foster care in Scotland where care can last for days, weeks, months or sometimes years. After the foster term is finished, children return home, remain in foster care, or are adopted.
Fostering children in Scotland is a very rewarding experience that requires commitment and hard work. Aberdeenshire carers Scott and Sonia tell us what inspired them to become carers:
Sonia and husband Scott from Aberdeenshire foster children in Scotland through the NFA providing respite/emergency; short term and long term care for a number of children for just over three years.
They now foster two children as well as care for their own two children. And Sonia is helping even more children by launching a successful skip hop group in the local community.
Sonia explained: “I always worked in the caring side as a nurse and in a nursing home/ I worked with adults with learning difficulties and really enjoyed it. I got made redundant and decided to give fostering a go to help children. Fostering is something I always wanted to do and I wanted to do it together as it’s a partnership with us.”
“The emotional side is hard for us. It’s not like a job, it takes over your life. Everything changes. You take it in more when you are living it. It’s a 24/7 role but really rewarding.”
“Taking children through new experiences and learning and helping them in reaching their goals is most rewarding. It’s also so rewarding when you see the child safe and happy at home with you. The positives outweigh the negatives and children achieve much more in a family setting.”
NFA Scotland is a not for profit fostering organisation in Scotland which supports and trains foster carers to help them provide a safe and stable family home for children and young people who need care.
NFA Scotland is keen to speak to anyone who can offer a secure, safe and loving environment for a child. There’s a tax free weekly allowance of £368 and support on hand 24 hours per day, seven days a week, from highly experienced and qualified staff. Continual training and development is also on offer with the opportunity to join a carer support group in your local area.