Foster care is a way of offering children a safe and secure home while their family is unable to care for them. Fostering is a temporary arrangement, on either a short or long term basis, and many children in foster care will return to their birth family. Some fostered children are eventually adopted, either by their foster carer or by another family.
Local authorities can only place children with foster carers who have been approved by an agency registered with the Care Inspectorate.
With approximately 40 children and young people coming into care each year in East Dunbartonshire, more and more foster carers are needed to come forward and help make a difference to a child or young person's life.
Carers can be from all ages, religious or ethnic backgrounds. The commitment involved in giving support and care to a child or young person can range from a few nights per month to a full time job.
Caring for children is an extremely rewarding way of investing your time, enthusiasm and experience, and one of the very few which enables people to work within their own homes.
Fostering Fees and Allowances:
0-4 years £128.22
5-10 years £146.05
11-15 years £181.81
16-18 years £221.13
You will also receive a fee of £200 per week per child.
If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, please call the Care Planning and Placement Team for an informal chat on 0141 777 3003, or on 0300 123 4510. There is more information in the foster care leaflet on the right hand side of this page.