Recruiting Now!

Edinburgh urgently needs foster carers and the Foster with Edinburgh Foster Care Team is continuing its work to recruit new foster carers.

Foster Care Recruitment Team Leader Sharon Burn explains:

“We are always in need of new foster carers and are currently carrying out our recruitment activities online.  This includes meeting prospective carers virtually instead of at face- to-face events and holding online group training days.  We want anyone interested in fostering to feel reassured that they don’t need to put off starting their journey to becoming a foster carer.”

“Foster care aims to ensure every child or young person has a home they deserve and one that will support them to grow up and meet their full potential.  At its heart is the capacity to promote love, safety, stability, nurture and a positive sense of self-worth to children who need to be looked after away from their family home. 

“Fostering offers new challenges, personal development and the opportunity to be paid to work as part of a wider team in advocating for the rights of children. Foster carers bring their own unique set of skills and experiences to this role, something that is highly valued by the City of Edinburgh Council.”

Prospective carer Julie was initially apprehensive about starting her foster care journey during the Covid restrictions:

“I decided that this year was going to be the year that I changed my life by giving a child a loving and safe home through fostering.  I looked at many agencies to start with. 

“After much consideration I applied through the City of Edinburgh Council fostering as it had been recommended to me.

“I was a bit apprehensive about timing of my decision as it was right in the middle of the Covid pandemic. I was concerned that the process would be delayed and that I wouldn’t be able to pursue my dream.  However, the complete opposite was true.

“Right from the initial enquiry, the process has been professionally executed by means of virtual meetings and online training with no risk to personal safety.  The Skills to Foster training is online on Teams and it’s very informative.

“Overall I believe that the City of Edinburgh Council’s fostering team has delivered an excellent and speedy service and kept me informed the entire journey. “

If you would like to become a foster carer but haven’t taken things further yet, why not book a slot at one of our virtual drop-ins which run the first Thursday of the month  from 5 – 7pm to find out more.  Alternatively, you can contact us direct on 0800 174 833 or email us at fosterchildren@edinburgh.gov.uk and if you leave a note of your name and number and a social worker in the team to get in touch.