A CLACKS COUNCIL team will to attend a series of galas and fun days in Clacks as part of a drive to raise the profile of fostering in the Wee County.

The Fostering & Adoption Team was out at the weekend's Menstrie Gala and are set to attend events in Coalsnaughton and Tillicoultry this week as they seek to speak to as many people as possible about becoming a foster carer.

The team is particularly keen to hear from people who could offer care to sibling groups and those who could commit to working alongside others to maintain links between brothers and sisters.

Hopes are to ensure children an able to grow up in the area in which they belong, maintaining family contacts, school links and friendships.

Cllr Wendy Hamilton, spokesperson for health and social care, said: “There are a lot of myths about fostering.

“For example, you do not need to own your own home but you do need a spare room.

“You also do not need to be married; single sex couples and single people can foster.

“By getting out and about and talking directly to local people, our fantastic foster care team will be able to explain what being a foster carer is really about.”

The team is placing an emphasis on the sibling bond as it is one of the most important relationships in life and all children should have the opportunity to grow up with their siblings where possible, the local authority explained.

Cllr Hamilton added: “Fostering is immensely rewarding.

“You will be provided with an induction, mentoring, training and support groups and a dedicated worker for you and your family.

“When you become a foster carer you become part of a community which is there to support you every step of the way.”

Those who miss out on speaking to the team at galas can call 01259 225085 for information or visit clacks.gov.uk/children/fostering/ for more information.