Date lodged: 6 December 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that there are sufficient foster carers in each local authority area to meet the needs of all children and families requiring services.
Answered by: Maree Todd 20 December 2018
Responsibility for recruiting sufficient foster carers to meet the needs of children and families in their areas lies with local authorities who run regular local recruitment campaigns. The Scottish Government provides funding to local authorities through the Local Government Settlement to assist them in fulfilling their recruitment responsibilities.
The Scottish Government also provides £145,000 annually through the Children Young People and Families Early Intervention Fund to the Fostering Network (Scotland) who run an annual national campaign to raise awareness about foster caring and to help recruit new foster carers.