Glasgow & West Scotland

City Chambers images spearhead fostering and adoption drive

City Chambers projection
Image caption The images will be projected on to the City Chambers in George Square

A series of images are to be projected on to Glasgow City Chambers later as part of a campaign to recruit more foster carers and adoptive parents.

The images promote the message that single people, unmarried couples, same sex couples, over 40s and non-home owners can all have roles to play.

They will be projected on to city chambers from 17:00 until 21:00.

Glasgow City Council said it needed help to provide homes for the rising number of vulnerable children in care.

Councillor Matt Kerr, the executive member for social care, said the authority "urgently needs foster carers and adoptive parents".

'Pause for thought'

"Faced with ever increasing numbers of children in care, it is only sensible that we explore every available avenue to ensure we get the carers and adopters the city needs.

"The images projected on to the city chambers illustrate the wide range of people who can help us look after the young people in our care.

"I'm sure the images will give people pause for thought on what is possible with fostering and adoption nowadays. If anyone has ever considered fostering or adoption then now is the time to step forward."

The council now has around 500 fostering households, many of whom are moving close to retirement.

More than 1,200 young people are looked after by foster carers with the council looking after some 3,600 children in total.

The number of children in foster care has risen by about 200 in the past two years with the overall number of children being looked after by the council rising by around 300 over the same period.

Almost two-thirds of the children looked after by the council had parents with drug or alcohol problems.

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