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Foster Swansea

Can you help transform lives?

Parent and child fostering - woman and baby

Swansea Council is once again supporting Foster Care Fortnight 2020 (11-24 May), which is the UK's biggest annual campaign, and the brainchild of fostering charity, The Fostering Network.

The theme for this year is #Thisisfostering, which provides an excellent opportunity to highlight the incredible work foster carers are doing, especially in such unusual circumstances.

Foster care transforms the lives of vulnerable children and young people, and we need more foster carers who can provide loving homes so they can make a real difference and help keep children local. Could this be you?

If you have a spare bedroom, are over the age of 21 and have a desire to make a difference to children's lives, then fostering could be the career change you've been looking for.

Despite the current situation with Covid-19, we are still taking enquiries and hoping to proceed with home visits via video call so that people are can proceed with their application to foster without any delay.

 

Carers during lockdown

Foster carers in Swansea are using their time in isolation to highlight the need for foster carers in our area, look at what fostering means to them, and talk about how they have kept their foster children occupied during the current social restrictions which are in place.

Some have been baking, building dens, creating artistic masterpieces and gardening among other activities.

Lisa Merrett, who fosters children with Swansea Council's fostering service Foster Swansea, her young daughter Harriet and the young person she cares for have created over 40 rainbow posters complete with positive quotes which they have laminated and tied to lamp posts near where they live. They have called them 'Posts of Love', hoping to give strength and positivity to other people whilst they are out on their daily walk and they have already had some lovely feedback from passers-by.

Lisa said: "This is a very tough time for all of us at the moment but it is important to keep occupied and keep positive. Every day we do different activities that are fun and new. It is helping us get through these challenging times. My goal is to ensure that both my daughter and the young person I care for, feel safe amongst all the worry. We are also using the time to learn new skills.

"Being a foster carer isn't always plain-sailing and there will be challenges, more so at the moment. However it's important that people know that they will receive extensive support and guidance from the Foster Swansea team, foster carers and other professionals. You are never on your own. The challenges will be outweighed but the enormous satisfaction gained from playing an important part in a child's life. I urge those people who are interested in becoming a foster carer, to contact Foster Swansea."

 

About us

Foster Swansea is the local authority's fostering service, and aims to provide high quality placements for children and young people who, through no fault of their own, can no longer stay with their birth families.

Placements are provided via our in-house foster carers who play a vital role in creating a stable and loving family environment so children and young people can reach their full potential.

We provide our carers with competitive fees and allowances, extensive support and a comprehensive training package.

 

Interested?

If you're just interested in finding out how fostering works, it's something that you might consider doing in the future, or you've already decided that you would like to foster, we would be delighted to chat to you!

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a foster carer, call us on 0300 555 0111 / 01792 533212 or email foster.swansea@swansea.gov.uk.

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