Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has backed Foster Care Fortnight, the UKs largest foster care awareness campaign, and is urging constituents in Orkney to consider becoming foster carers this May.
Delivered by the leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, Foster Care Fortnight has taken place every year for almost 20 years. The campaign showcases the commitment, passion and dedication of foster carers. It also supports fostering services to highlight the need for more foster carers.
The theme of Foster Care Fortnight 2021 is #WhyWeCare which recognises the contribution the fostering community have made following the most challenging year of our lifetimes. During the Covid-19 pandemic, over 3,500 foster families provided stable and loving homes to 4,750 children in Scotland. In 2021, hundreds of new of foster families are needed to care for children, with the greatest need being for foster carers for teenagers, sibling groups, disabled children and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.
Mr McArthur commented:
“Foster Care Fortnight is a chance for us to recognise the vital work of foster carers and for the incredible difference they are making to the lives of young people in their care. I would like to thank Orkney Fostering and the wider fostering community for the positive impact they make giving children a loving home where they are safe and happy.
“Despite the challenges the pandemic brought, foster carers have continued to provide a stable and loving home to thousands of children in Scotland. With hundreds of new foster carers still needed across the country, I encourage anyone who would like to a positive difference to children to give back to their community to consider becoming a foster carer.”