Barnardo’s Scotland has issued a plea to people in Dumbarton and the Vale to consider becoming foster carers.

The charity says despite coronavirus restrictions, there is still a need to find loving foster families in West Dunbartonshire.

Speaking at the start of Foster Care Fortnight, Sue Brunton, Barnardo’s Scotland’s assistant director of family placement, said: “I have been blown away with the outstanding commitment our foster carers have shown to the children and young people in their care during these unprecedented times.

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"Coronavirus has stopped many things but there is still a very real need to find loving foster families for children and young people.

“To make sure fostered children can live with the right foster carer for them we do need people across Scotland to contact us.

“Despite the coronavirus, this year is no different; we would love to hear from anyone who thinks they might have the skills and experience to become a foster carer.”

For information about fostering with Barnardo’s Scotland, call 0800 008 7005 or visit the charity’s website Barnardo’s Fostering.