SCOTLAND: NATIONAL ADOPTION WEEK
Search to find new home for four
Four brothers aged between six and 10 are appealing
for a new family to give them a permanent home.
A search has been launched to find a family willing to
adopt the siblings who are currently living with temporary foster
carers. Adoption officials are determined to keep the youngsters, aged
six, seven, nine and 10, together but this is making it especially
difficult to find them a new mum and dad. The identity of the children
is not being released but social work officials described their
personalities. The six-year-old is a happy and playful child who thrives
on set daily routines, while the nine-year-old is shy but is happiest
with his brothers. The seven-year-old has an infectious laugh and loves
to play outside, and the 10-year-old is gregarious and engages well with
Their stories have been highlighted as part of
National Adoption Week, which aims to encourage more people to consider
fostering or adopting. A spokeswoman for North Lanarkshire said the case
of the brothers showed that children of all ages needed adoptive homes.
She said: "The four boys have formed a close bond and need the security
of a loving family. We are hopeful we can find a suitable family."
Councillor Harry McGuigan, convener of the council's
social work committee, said: "We still need more people to help care for
the many children and young people who, particularly, need a permanent
Foster carers and adoptive parents receive training,
support and advice. Earlier this year, Renfrewshire announced plans to
pay foster carers more than £18,000 a year. Carers receive £353 a week
per child, the highest payment in Scotland and receive daytime respite
care and qualify for retainer payments. Figures from the Scottish
Executive show 11,700 children aged under 18 in Scotland are in care.
Glasgow, which has around 800 children awaiting foster homes, has put up
its payments from £137 per child to £264.
8 November 2006