COVID-19: Help at-risk children in East Lothian

Vulnerable children in East Lothian are being put at even greater risk by COVID-19.

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Home for Good has been made aware by East Lothian Council’s fostering team that they are being put under increasing pressure by COVID-19.

Home for Good has been working across Scotland to find foster carers for some of the most vulnerable children in our communities. Before the COVID-19 crisis, there were 100 children staying with foster families in East Lothian. There were another 18 children who had to be placed with families in other parts of Scotland which can be hugely traumatic for a child or young person. This was because of a shortage in foster families available.

We know there are more children than ever entering the care system and Covid19 has added pressure when it comes to finding homes for vulnerable children. There is significant need now which is predicted to rise.

We may have seen the media reporting during lockdown on the ‘invisible’ children and families across Scotland. These families have been facing huge pressures in recent months with financial worries, tight living conditions not to mention home schooling and domestic abuse. Local Authorities have been preparing for a rise in referrals now that schools have returned. This puts yet more pressure on the system.

Now, more than ever, Children in East Lothian will need safe and loving families to care for them. We are asking people in East Lothian who may be able to open their home to a vulnerable child to respond now and complete the form below.

On completion, Home for Good will be in touch to help explore your interest further.

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Let us help you start your fostering journey

If you provide a phone number, we may ring you a few weeks after your initial enquiry to follow up.

This will help us identify your Local Authority


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