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Rethinking your career in 2021? Foster Swansea needs more carers for teenagers.

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Group of teenagers
Teenage boy leaning on a wall
Woman looking at a teenage girl's work
Girl smiling at the camera
Teenage boy in a grey top
Woman and boy washing up together

We need more foster carers who can provide loving and secure homes, particularly for older children and teenagers.

That's why we are encouraging people to become foster carers, especially those looking for a fresh start in 2021 or who want to make a real difference in a local child's life. 

Book onto an information session now!

For some, becoming a foster carer might just be a path worth considering. As a well-paid and incredibly rewarding role, it can offer a new career with outstanding training and support. This could be especially relevant to those who are facing job uncertainty, are rethinking about how to spend their time or the type of work they want to do.

With the current pandemic, the need is not going to go away any time soon. There is increased pressure on families which is contributing to worsening mental health, increasing levels of domestic violence, more reliance on substances and deepening poverty.

Some believe that older children or teenagers are more of a challenge to parent than younger children. They are wrongly labelled as being difficult or troublesome. However, that's not the case. It's simply a different experience rather than a more challenging one. They're just normal teenagers that require the safety and security of a loving foster family.

In reality, fostering teenagers might actually be easier. Older children or teenagers are more independent and may have less reliance on their foster carers. Also, teenagers are likely to be less physically demanding than looking after younger, more dependent children and young people.

Julia Doherty, a Foster Swansea foster carer for 18 years, has supported over 70 children and young people.

She said: "I have had great pleasure in the latter years of supporting and nurturing teenagers. To see them develop into young adults has been so rewarding. We all need that person who is willing to support us through what can be very challenging teen years, this is especially difficult for those who are not with their own families.

"To give these young people the chance to develop and grow is so important and to accept them for who they are.

"I wish more people would come forward to become foster carers for teenagers, they have as much need for our love and support as younger children.

"Knowing that you've helped care and support a teenager through difficult times and see them come out the other side is better than gold."

 

Thinking about fostering? Want to find out more?

Join us on one of our online events to get more information on fostering - all from the comfort of your own home via Microsoft Teams:

Wednesday 20 January
1.00pm - 2.00pm
6.00pm - 7.00pm

During the virtual information event you will be able to learn more about fostering, what it entails, and speak with foster carers and members of the Foster Swansea Team. Now more than ever, we need new foster families who have spare bedrooms and have what it takes to change the lives of local children and young people.

To book onto the event, please email foster.swansea@swansea.gov.uk providing a contact name and email address. Alternatively, phone (01792) 636103 and provide this information. We will then send you a link to our virtual information event.  


About the event on Microsoft Teams

Please join the call on Microsoft Teams by 6.00pm as there will be a presentation followed by a question and answer session.

To avoid any technical difficulties, it is advisable to download the Microsoft Teams app beforehand which is quick, easy and free.

You are able to choose whether you have your video camera off or on and we encourage everyone to mute their microphone so there is no background noise during our presentation. 

If you have any issues joining the call, please email foster.swansea@swansea.gov.uk or phone 01792 636103.

We look forward to meeting you virtually and answering your fostering questions!  Don't forget your cuppa!

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