People across Wales encouraged to open their homes to foster children

Posted on: Monday 4 October 2021
Foster Wales Doors

Several life-size front doors have been unveiled outside the Senedd in Cardiff Bay, highlighting those who have opened their homes to foster children in Wales.

This latest campaign by the network of 22 Local Authority fostering services across the country, Foster Wales, invites the public to consider opening their homes to help accommodate the numbers of children in Wales who need care and support. 

Foster Wales is working towards increasing the number of foster carers in Local Authorities in Wales to help keep children in their local area, when that is right for them.

At the close of March 2020, Welsh Government statistics revealed that 84% of children living with foster families were still able to live in their own area, maintaining familiarity with the community they already knew. 

Foster Wales aim is to encourage those who are thinking of fostering to do so in their local authority so that important relationships, which can help children thrive, can continue. 

Deputy Minister for Social Services, Julie Morgan said, “Foster carers in Wales have told me countless times about how rewarding the experience of looking after a child can be. I encourage anyone who can open their home so that those children who need our help can live happier childhoods and grow up into the people they want to be.”  

Joy, a Local Authority foster carer working with Foster Wales Torfaen said, “I love fostering, I can’t think of anything else I would rather do. Fostering has changed our family’s life, everyday is a new challenge and brings a fresh reward.

It was always something that I wanted to do and my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner. As soon as we started the process, we learned how much this journey would entail and the significant roles that we would play. It was a little scary but we are so glad we did it.

For us, fostering for the our local authority was so natural. We wanted to support children/young people from our community to help them stay connected and feel that they belonged. The children make us proud every day. 

If you are thinking about fostering, please pick up the phone because you can make a difference and change the life of a child and share the love that you have.”

Foster Wales is encouraging more people like Joy to open up their homes to help build better futures for local children in need. 

Today’s event follows the recent launch of a wider Foster Wales campaign which aims to make a substantial national impact on the futures of young people in Wales. 

If you're thinking about opening up your home to foster a child, then apply to become a local authority foster carer today at www.fosterwales.torfaen.gov.uk
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