Fostering in Argyll and Bute

Could you offer a child a home in a secure family environment? if so, Argyll and Bute Council need you!

We are looking for foster carers who can look after a child or children either for a temporary period while plans are made for their future or for an extended period if they are unable to go back to their families.

We are particularly looking for foster carers for teenagers and for sibling groups who need a temporary home where they can all live together until a decision is made regarding their future.

We need respite carers who can take children for brief, time-limited periods to support full time carers.

Who to contact about fostering 

If you think you could be a Foster Carer then please contact us at

01546 605517 or

Fostering - rewarding in more ways than one

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Download our fostering information pack to find out more about the process of becoming a foster carer
Contact details for some external services that provide fostering and adoption information

Why do some children need looked after?

If at all possible, children should be cared for by their birth parents.  If that is not an option, then their extended family is the first consideration.  In Argyll & Bute, every effort is made to help children to remain with their birth family.  Kinship Carers are assessed and supported to care for their extended family members in a Kinship relationship. 

If there are no options within the family, then the Local Authority will provide the care the child requires in a family placement through fostering and if necessary adoption.  A family placement is the best type of care for most children. 

There are a number of reasons why children/young people can’t remain in their own families and need to be “looked after and accommodated”.

  • Hospitalisation or illness of one or both parents
  • Inability of parents to cope, need for time out
  • Parents who have drink or drug related problems
  • Abuse or neglect in relation to the child

More information about fostering

More information about temporary and permanent foster care
Find out the basic guidance on who can be a foster carer
Read some common questions and answers about fostering
Find out about allowances and support for foster carers
How we assess prospective carers and support them once they become carers
Read comments other carers have made about their experience of fostering
Find out what happens when you enquire about becoming a foster carer

Guidance and support for foster carers

Find useful information and guidance in our foster carer's handbook
Find out the basic responsibilties of a foster parent
Find out how to communicate with and understand children and young people
Find out what to do or who to contact in an emergency situation
Find out when a child plan is created and for what purpose
Find out more about the placement and transition process