Midlothian Council is using a national fostering event to encourage people to come forward and help stop young children leaving the county for foster care.
A council spokesman said: “In Midlothian there is an ongoing need for more single people, couples and families to foster and offer a home to children who are in crisis.
“Without more people starting to foster, these children will have to be placed out of the area compounding the distress of being separated from their families, having to move school and away from local community support and familiarity.”
A DVD features two local foster families talking about the challenges and rewards of fostering. It also shows a teenager who explains what a positive effect fostering has had on her life.
Read full story in the May 24 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.