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Opportunities are available to foster a child

The Council’s Families for Children North Ayrshire team works tirelessly to encourage local people to consider adopting or fostering a child or sibling group.

The team is also currently looking for foster and adoptive carers who are interested in looking after children with additional needs and disabilities.

There is a shortage of people who are able to help local children who desperately need stable, loving homes.

Joanne Wilson, Fiona Campbell and their team of 17 colleagues would love to hear from North Ayrshire residents who believe they have the relevant skills and experience to change a child’s life.

They are encouraging anyone who wants to give a child a new life to come forward and find out more about becoming adoptive parents or foster carers.

Adoptive parents and foster carers have a vital role to play and the team will welcome any interest from those looking for more information.

Over the past 12 years a significant number of children and young adults have been supported to find foster and adoptive families throughout North Ayrshire.

It is important to note that adoption and foster carers can come from a wide variety of backgrounds – all you need is time, love, empathy and flexibility.Opportunities are available now for suitable people who are willing to adopt or foster a child or sibling group, and who want to help better the life of young people who can no longer be cared for by their family for a variety of reasons.

There is an urgent need for foster and adoptive parents for sibling groups and older children across North Ayrshire, with the focus being on keeping brothers and sisters together.

Children with additional needs and disabilities also need homes where they can be looked after.

The goal is to get the best possible match between the child and the person who cares for them, and create a stable home life.

And you could be the ideal candidate to help plug the gap in this vital service for our future generations. Contact the Families for Children team now and start the journey to making a real difference to a young person’s life.

Prospective fosterers can come from a variety of backgrounds, whether single or in a stable relationship, and you do not need to have any specific qualifications as training and support is provided.

To be eligible as a foster carer you must be over 25, you can be single or in a relationship (for more than two years with experience of caring for children).

If you’d like to find out more about fostering or adoption, visit

You can also contact the Families for Children team directly by emailing or calling 01294 310300.

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