Posted on: Wednesday 19 May 2021
As part of Foster Care Fortnight, the Celtic Manor Resort generously offered two rounds of golf to Gwent's local authority foster carers.
Several male carers accepted the kind gesture and had a few relaxing hours on the Roman Road course.
Local authorities value all their foster carers but recognise that peer support is important particularly as many people still see the role as traditionally a female one.
Our experience is that people from many different backgrounds can offer the love, security and a happy home to children and young people.
For some children, male foster carers can be the first positive male role model in their lives and they can play a vital role in shaping their futures.
Foster Care Fortnight is the Fostering Network's annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering and to show how foster care transforms lives. This year it runs from today until 23 May and the theme is #WhyWeCare
Executive Member for Children, Families & Communities, said, “It’s pleasing to hear that more male foster carers are coming forward to receive much deserved recognition for the important roles that they play as foster carers, whether this is as a single carer, or as part of a couple.
In Torfaen, as part of our commitment to offer support to all foster carers and their families, we are looking at ways to help our Men Who Care feel more supported as we understand the challenges that male foster carers face. We are considering whether a Men Who Care Support Group is something that would be beneficial and welcome any other suggestions as to how best we can support you.”