What is fostering?
Sometimes things happen that mean that young people are not able to be looked after by their family. When this happens young people are looked after by a foster family. A foster family offers young people a home until they can return to their own family. This is different from adoption. With adoption, the new adoptive family has legal responsibility for the young people and they do not go back to live with their own family. Fostering is often only for a short amount of time, but some young people stay in touch with their own family and live with their foster family for a long time.
Why do young people come into care?
Coming into care is when the local authority become responsible for making sure they are healthy and happy. There are lots of reasons why a young person might be taken into care. It could be that a family member becomes ill and there is no one to look after them. It could be that depression or drug or alcohol misuse means that there family is no longer able to look after them.
When a young person is taken into foster care it is not their fault.
When a young person is taken into care social workers work with families to help make the home a safe place for the young person again. Going into foster care means that a young person can have a safe and supportive place to be whilst this is happening.
Have you been in foster care? Do you know someone who has been in foster care?
If you are in foster care then there is support out there for you. Who Cares? Scotland is a national charity that provide advocacy, advice and support to young people who have been in care. You can call their head office on 0141 226 4441 and they will put you in touch with support in your local area.