Fostering in Scotland

Last year, TACT received almost 600 referrals for children across Scotland who could not be looked after by their own family. This could be because of illness or family breakdowns or because they have experienced some form of neglect. TACT are recruiting foster carers in Scotland to provide care and support to these children. As a children’s charity providing fostering services in Scotland, we want to offer as many safe and loving foster homes to as many vulnerable Scottish children and young people as possible. If you have a spare bedroom, a caring nature and energy to provide a child with a happy home, we believe you could become an amazing foster carer!

Who are the children we need carers for in Scotland?

There is a particular demand for foster carers in the following areas: Aberdeen, Ayrshire, Dundee, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Renfrewshire and West Lothian.

We would ideally like to hear from people who would like to care for children aged five years and over, sibling groups or children with complex needs.

Scotland has an ‘All Scotland’ contract for Local Authorities. TACT does not work directly with all Local Authorities in Scotland  due to the disperse geographical area but instead focuses on the specific areas that are named above. TACT does have individual contract arrangements with Edinburgh, Fife and Glasgow and is a valued provider for these Local Authorities.

Why foster with TACT?

There is currently a need for an additional 550 foster families across Scotland. At TACT we are more than just a fostering agency; as a charity we put children at the heart of everything that we do and all of our surplus income goes back into services for our carers and the children that they look after.

Foster carers come to us for many reasons and they stay with us – because we help them do the most rewarding job in the world. Together we transform the lives of children and young people, giving them the chance to lead happy, loving, fulfilled lives.

As a TACT foster carer you will benefit from:

  • We are the UK’s largest fostering and adoption charity. This means that all our surplus income is reinvested into carers and our young people.
  • 24/7 support ensuring that whatever you face as a foster carer you are never alone
  • A competitive professional fee, worked out depending on the detail of each placement
  • An excellent training packagetailored to your needs and those of the children placed with you
  • Regular meetings and support groupsgiving you the chance to meet other foster carers and share experience
  • Dedicated events for the children in your care, giving them the chance to meet other fostered children

What’s it like to be a foster carer?

It’s not easy, but it can be the most rewarding job in the world. To read some of our carer’s stories and experiences, click here.

TACT Scotland foster carers, David and Irene, discuss their experiences of fostering with TACT below:

 

Our Offices:

Registered Office in Scotland:

TACT Scotland
Slateford House
51-53 Lanark Road
Edinburgh
EH14 1TL

Local Office for Training and Support (Paisley)

Studio 3005
Abbey Mill Business Centre
Mile End Mill
12 Seedhill Road
Paisley
PA1 1JS

Although our main office is based in Edinburgh, we have staff based in all areas of Scotland so you can rest assured knowing that wherever you are, we have highly skilled staff ready to support you through your fostering journey. Find out more in our Statement of Purpose.