In Edinburgh we believe it's best if families are helped to stay together. However, we also know that there are times when children and young people can't live in their own home or need extra help to do so.
Carers look after children of all ages, from babies to 18 year olds, whose family is experiencing problems. This is often as a result of drug/alcohol dependency, mental health issues, relationship breakdown or violence. In other cases, care is provided for parents who need a break from the pressures of looking after a child who has particular needs.
Some children will need care for only a few days or weeks, others will need months and some will need all of their childhood. Some will be adopted and become part of their new family for life.
All children need individual care and stability in a family. They need guidance, advice and lots of reassurance. And they need help to understand what's happened to them and to be confident about the future. As a carer, this is what you would do.
Have you thought about caring but aren't sure whether you've got what it takes? Or are you unsure about the financial implications and help available to you?
This section shows you who can care, how we'll help you become a carer and how you'll be supported once you've been approved.