Caring couples take a look at foster caring
CARING people who feel they can make a difference to the lives of children have taken a step forward towards becoming foster carers in Swansea.
Swansea Council's Foster Swansea and Adopt Swansea teams joined forces for a successful information evening that highlighted the need for a diverse range of people to come forward and consider fostering or adopting locally.
The UK wide week organised by charity New Family Social was aimed to raise awareness that lesbian and gay people often have the right mix of skills and experience to raise or care for children who have been in, or are in care, and give stability and a great new start in life.
Kelly Harsant, Business Development Officer at Foster Swansea, said: "We were very pleased to talk to local people about their interest in fostering and adopting."
Kelly said: "Foster Swansea and Adopt Swansea are keen to dispel myths that lesbian and gay people are seen as a 'last resort' when placing children."
At a time when adoption figures are at a 10 year low and an additional 550 foster families are estimated to be needed across Wales, Donna Thomas, team leader at Foster Swansea, said: "Lots of different people can foster but ultimately you will need to have a strong commitment to helping children through difficult times in their lives.
"You will provide a stable and caring home to help them grow in confidence during a difficult time."
Foster Swansea isactively recruiting foster carers in Swansea and are particularly interested to hear from anyone interested in providing care for children aged 10 plus and those interested in caring for sibling groups to keep brothers and sisters together.
Foster Swansea will be holding several information events this year and for further information visit the website at www.fosterswansea.org or call 01792 533200.
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