‘Fostering needs full support of society’ – Ruane

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Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has met with Colm Donaghy – Chief Executive of the Belfast Trust – to discuss current fostering arrangements to see how we can improve on them to ensure that the needs of the children and young people are paramount. Speaking to Newry Times, Ms Ruane said, “There are many children out there who are in need of a secure and loving home in order to have some stability in their lives and fostering, even on the short term can help provide that. It is important that we support the families who come forward as foster parents as they give a huge amount of time and effort to looking after vulnerable children.” “We also need to ensure that the foster carers who look after the children are valued, paid and given opportunities for real learning. There also needs to be a consistency of provision of foster care so that children have a basis of regaining a stable life. The needs of the children has to be paramount and we need ensure the arrangements support long term relationships while at all times putting child protection at the core.” She added, “I welcomed the meeting with Colm Donaghy as it was an opportunity to show our support for the need for the fostering scheme and also to raise any issues that will allow us to support growing the initiative across the North.”
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