Would-be foster carers can help keep brothers and sisters together
SWANSEA Council's Foster Swansea team is launching a campaign aimed at encouraging more would-be carers to come forward to look after brothers and sisters in care.
People who feel they can make a difference to the lives of children in city communities have been stepping forward to learn more about what it takes to be a foster carer.
But the Council is keen to hear from potential carers who would be able to look after brothers and sisters together as well as children aged over 10.
Tracey Iturbe has been a foster carer with Foster Swansea for five years. She is backing the new recruitment campaign and she says carers who join the service will find the experience immensely rewarding.
Tracey, who has two children of her own living at home as well, said: "I thought about it for a long, long time before I decided to apply. I always thought it would be a rewarding experience. But it's been much more rewarding than even I thought it would be.
"It can be a difficult time for the children when they come to you. But the transformation you can see over time after they've settled in is just fantastic. And knowing that you've helped to make that difference is great."
Tracey said that Foster Swansea does all it can to keep brothers and sisters together and as a foster carer she said it helps the youngsters themselves to adjust to a new situation if they can stay together.
Kelly Harsant, Foster Swansea's Business Development Officer, said: "Our campaign is targeting anyone in Swansea interested in fostering and encourages people to think about how they can help local children to see the world differently."
"We are particularly interested in hearing from you if you would like to foster children aged 10 and over and if you have the space and time to care for sibling groups, to keep brothers and sisters together."
The campaign is aiming to attract would-be foster carers through it's soon to be re-launched website and an advertising campaign in the local newspaper, radio, online and on buses and bus shelters.
The team at Foster Swansea will also be available to chat to anyone interested in fostering at the Evening Post's Jobs Fair on March 28 at the National Waterfront Museum from 10am – 5pm.
To find out more contact Foster Swansea on 01792 533229 or visit http://www.fosterswansea.org
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