Renfrewshire Council

Foster carers Graeme and Shona Small, and Nicola Hanvey, Agnes Rorrison, and Amy McGranthin, social worker, second from the right

MEDIA RELEASE: Renfrewshire residents open their hearts and homes to children in need

More kind-hearted people in Renfrewshire are giving looked-after children and young people a loving home than ever before.

Last year, six more households became foster carers after they reached out to the Council's fostering and adoption team.

There is also 71 per cent more children and young people being looked after by aunts and uncles, grandparents or family friends, known as kinship care, than there was 10 years ago.

More than half of all looked-after children and young people are placed in kinship care or with foster carers, but the service is always looking for more people to open their heart and give a child or young person a loving home.

Education and Children's Services Policy Board Convener, Councillor Jim Paterson, said: "Giving children and young people the chance of a positive, brighter future is one of the most rewarding things that people can do, and it takes all kinds of people to support all types of children.

"To foster, you need to be in good health, be over 21 years-old and have enough living space to accommodate a child or young person.

"It doesn't matter if you are single or unmarried, rent a property, are unemployed or what your religious background or sexual orientation is.

"Foster placements can be a short break, interim or permanent. For those just starting out, short breaks or interim are often the best options.

"If you're interested in becoming a foster carer, you can find out what it entails without making a commitment. Just get in touch with our fostering and adoptions team."

Potential foster carers can learn more about fostering and the children and young people who need a foster placement at a group preparation session. Attendance at the group session is required before a formal application to become a foster carer can be made.

To find out more about becoming a foster carer, call the fostering and adoption team on 0300 300 1199, email or visit


Further information

Types of foster care placements include:

Short break - Children have overnight stays with a foster family to give their birth family time to themselves. Short break placements can be from 1-120 days. Short break is also used to help carers who have children placed with them.

Interim - Provides a temporary family until the child can return home to their own family, are placed with a long-term foster carer, or an adoptive family is found. This can last from a few days to several months, and in some cases beyond.

Permanent - Offers permanent stability and security to a foster child for the rest of their childhood. Young adults often remain as part of the carer's family, even when they have moved into independence.

Foster carer are required to:

-Be over 21

-Have a spare bedroom or be willing to apply to Renfrewshire Council or housing partners for a house big enough to have a  spare bedroom

-Be currently in good health

They can:

-Be employed or unemployed

-Be males and females who are married or living together in a committed and enduring relationship

-Be same sex couples who are married or living together in a committed and enduring relationship

-Be single males and single females

-Own or rent the property you live in

Published on Wednesday 15 January 2020.

Pictured: Foster carers Graeme and Shona Small, and Nicola Hanvey, Agnes Rorrison and Amy McGranthin, social worker second from right.