Foster Care

Could you give a child in need a stable family life and a chance to do ordinary, family things?

Foster carers look after other people’s children in their own homes and plan and provide for their care as part of a team comprising foster carers, the children's parents and Torfaen Social Care Services, Health and Education.

Children may need to be fostered for a variety of reasons including family breakdown, illness, abuse or neglect.

As a foster carer, you need to attempt to help the child understand why they cannot live with their birth families, and support them as they strive to cope with the uncertainties and anxieties which being fostered can bring.

We have an on-going need for foster carers who could care for brothers and sisters who need to stay together, children with disabilities, children who have been hurt by abuse or neglect and school-age children, especially teenagers. We also need carers who would have 16 – 18 year old young people as lodgers, negotiating with them the level of support they would like and developing independent living skills. Can you help?

Every carer is supported by a Family Placement Team social worker, who will help you from the first “hello” to the time to say good bye, and beyond.

A summary of foster carer payments can be downloaded here.

What will I be doing?

You will:

  • provide for the physical needs of the children / young people in your care
  • attempt to provide as normal and settled a family-life experience for the children in your care as possible
  • be expected to encourage children in contact with their friends and families
  • be expected to make the day-to-day decisions about the child’s routine care
  • are invited to contribute to the planning and review processes in relation to the children for whom you care
  • work within the boundaries of confidentiality in respect of information given by the department, but with the expectation that you report information disclosed by the child
  • record and pass on information which is relevant to the on-going welfare of the child to the appropriate worker involved in their care
  • undertake ongoing training appropriate to your own, and the child's, identified needs - attending a minimum of 3 training events each year
  • support the children in their care in their education by encouraging attendance at school, the completion of homework and coursework, and by attending concerts and parents evenings.

Interested? Find out more!

You can register an interest in becoming a foster carer if you would like an informal chat about what fostering is all about, and whether you can foster. We can arrange an initial visit when someone will call at a time which is convenient to you. If you have a spouse or partner, it would be better for us to talk to you both. If you don’t quite feel ready for a one-to-one conversation, come along to one of our information evenings.

Please contact the Family Placement Team on 01495 766669.

Last Modified: 03/08/2018
For more information contact:

Family Placement Team

Tel: 01495 766669

Email: social.services@torfaen.gov.uk

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