Why Do We Need Foster Carers?
Angus Council provides a range of services and resources to support parents to look after their own children. While our goal is to help families stay together, there are times when children and young people cannot live in their own home. Illness, unemployment and changing family circumstances can all lead to tension and stress. Sometimes parents feel unable to cope, sometimes children are neglected or abused. When families are struggling sometimes they need a break from each other. In most such cases where children need to be in care, they are placed with foster carers.
Children and young people of all ages need the care and support of foster carers - from babies to 17 years old. Foster carers can provide care, stability and support. This helps children and young people to grow and develop in a positive environment. Parents remain significant and important people in most children's lives and foster carers often work alongside social workers to improve the relationship between parents and their children through regular and positive contact.
Some of these children and young people will return home, some will move on to a new permanent family and some will leave care to live independently in their own flat or other suitable accommodation in the community.