Angus CouncilTel: 08452 777 778

Issued: 28 April 2004

Annual Report Of The Angus Adoption Agency And Fostering Panel

A recent report has highlighted the need for more adoptive parents and foster carers.

The Annual Report of the Adoption Agency and Fostering Panel, considered by Angus Council's Social Work & Health committee last week, outlined the efforts being made to attract more adoptive and foster carers in Angus.

Although the county is in a more favourable position than many other council areas, there is a national difficulty recruiting sufficient adoptive parents and foster carers.

In the coming year the council's Adoption Agency and Family Placement service will require to be registered for the first time by the Care Commission.

This new national body has a remit to monitor the provision of care services and to promote the highest standards of practice. Preparations for registration are well advanced and in many areas the council practice is already ahead of the standards set by the Commission.

Commenting on the report Social Work and Health Convenor Glennis Middleton said: "Angus is fortunate to have a committed group of foster carers who provide excellent care to children who, for one reason or another, are unable to stay with their own families. This report highlights the need for us to continue our efforts to attract more people to take up this challenging but rewarding task."

Anyone interested in finding out about fostering is asked to contact the council's family placement team, who would be delighted to hear from people interested in becoming involved. The family placement team can be contacted on 01241 435078.