Amy in search for her new foster family

Amy's drawing of her wish for a foster family
Amy's drawing of her wish for a foster family

Amy is a normal vivacious and lively eight-year-old who has one simple desire in life – to find a new family!

West Lothian Council has launched a search for a special foster carer/family who could make a commitment to her for the rest of her childhood and beyond.

Amy, who needs to stay in West Lothian, has been waiting for a permanent foster family for too long and is currently living with a foster carer.

She’s not able to ever return to the care of her birth family and her current foster carer won’t be able to look after her permanently so Amy needs a new family.

Like any other child, she has some very imaginative thoughts about the kind of family she might like to belong to, including one who has a dog with a blue tail!

Amy has lots of energy and loves to have outdoor adventures so an energetic family would be best.

A spokeswoman for West Lothian Council’s children and families team said: “Amy doesn’t have to be the only child in the family but it would be better, if there are other children, if she were to be the youngest.

“It would be great if she could have her own room, if possible. Amy would especially like it if she could choose to decorate it with hearts and footballs (and she thinks she might like it even better if it had a double bed!).”

While Amy is the main priority for this appeal, there is an urgent need to create a pool of suitable permanent carers in West Lothian.

Permanent foster carers take on an extremely significant and special role.

Permanence in fostering offers the security of a child’s physical, social and psychological well-being through consistent care and a secure family base. It improves placement stability and offers an alternative permanent option to adoption, special guardianship or residence orders for some children.

The council spokeswoman added: “Our ultimate aim, wherever possible, is to keep families together and return children to their home.

“But sometimes permanent fostering may be a better option.”

Enquiries can be made to the duty worker on 01506 775677.