Swapping careers to become a foster carer is easier than you may think; it is also an extremely gratifying job. Foster With Edinburgh is on hand to support a career change like no other.
Becoming a foster carer may have always been on your mind, or it may have never been a career you thought possible. Fostering is a job with a difference – it will see you guide and provide safety for children and young people. Across Scotland, with the support of Foster With Edinburgh, families welcome children of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds into their homes.
The City of Edinburgh Council’s fostering service is on hand to provide training, support packages, and consistent placements. Being a foster carer can be a fulfilling and enjoyable career for people with an interest in caring for young people. Carol Ritchie, who has been a foster parent for over a decade, is testament to Foster With Edinburgh’s commitment to ensure foster carers are making a positive difference in the life of young people.
Carol says: “Edinburgh is an amazing council to foster for. Foster With Edinburgh has a great team: the family based care team are just so supportive and they really look strongly at their matching process.”
CHANGE OF PATH
It was a big shift for Carol who had previously worked in the motor trade industry, although she had experience teaching dance to teenagers from deprived areas. After having her second child, Carol became a foster carer, focusing on caring for teenagers. Carol says: “It has been fab, I absolutely wouldn’t change it. Young people have taught me so much. I’ve really grown in confidence within the situations I’ve had to deal with, and it has made me a better person. I would say it has also made me look at situations in a different way.”
“It is a caring role, but it’s also quite a professional role because you’re working with lots of different, diverse people. You’re working with a young person’s family, social work, schools, mental health teams, psychologists – you become part of a professional team.” Having fostered nearly 25 children and young adults in her 14-year career, Carol has experienced first-hand the dedication to training and support Foster With Edinburgh provides.
Anyone can become a foster carer over the age of 21, regardless of religion, sexual orientation, relationship status, and even your profession, as long as you can provide a safe and nurturing environment. Fostering agencies will make sure you’re not only well-equipped for the role but also provide relevant training.
From skills to foster training, first aid, and self-regulation, Foster With Edinburgh provides multiple educational schemes for those working with babies, toddlers, young adults and/or those with a disability.
Changing to one of the most exciting and varied careers, you can be supported in providing children and young people with a welcoming, stable home environment. Carol encourages:
“My advice would be to definitely go for it. Speak to your close family and make sure they’re on board. Look into the type of fostering you want to do, whether it may be babies, toddlers or teenagers, look into it and think about it.”
Want to find out more about fostering? Get more information and advice from The Fostering Network at or call 0141 204 1400