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'Empty nesters' urged to consider fostering

Parents preparing to say goodbye to their children as they leave for university next month are being urged to think about fostering.

Foster Swansea

Some so-called "empty nesters" may relish the peace and quiet but others may be looking for a new challenge and Foster Swansea, Swansea Council's fostering service, says fostering can be a refreshing continuation from traditional parenthood.

The team is staging an open evening at Swansea's Civic Centre on Monday (Sept 18) between 6pm and 8pm.

It is open to anyone looking for more information about becoming a foster carer.

Rachel Brooks from Foster Swansea, said: "Our team of foster carers come from all walks of life and all age groups and include families and empty nesters who've seen their children grow up and move on.

"At this time of year, when A-Levels results are in and children are embarking on their first steps towards independence at university, their parents minds may turn to wondering what an empty house sounds like.

"What I would say to them is our foster carers are always saying there are few roles in life to match the rewarding sense of achievement they feel when they see a young person in their care thriving and developing to be the best they can be.

"While some of the demands of fostering are similar to those of being a parent, Foster Swansea will help them every step of the way through the training programme because many of the children who come through their door will have needs that they may not have experienced before.

"We also offer round the clock support and make every effort to ensure each placement works for the child or young person and the foster carer or family as well."

To find out more about becoming a carer phone Foster Swansea on 0300 555 0111 or visit

Rachel added: "By calling no commitment is being made but the team can discuss if fostering is right for you and your family."

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