Posted on: Monday 20 September 2021
Foster Wales Torfaen is part of a new national campaign to recruit more local authority foster carers for local children.
Foster Wales, the network of 22 local authority fostering services across the country, aims to make a significant impact on the futures of young people by attracting more foster carers.
Throughout the country, every child in need of a foster carer is in the care of their local authority.
A new advertising campaign, representing Torfaen Council and the other 21 not-for-profit fostering teams that make up Foster Wales, seeks to increase the number of foster parents needed to help keep children in their local area, when that is right for them.
Helping children to stay in their local community can be of great benefit and mean the world to a child. Not only does it keep them connected to their friends, their school and their sense of identity, but it also builds confidence and reduces stress.
Councillor Fiona Cross, Torfaen Executive Member for Children, Families and Communities said, “Becoming a foster carer is a decision to support local children and young people to reach their full potential in all aspects of their lives.
All children need someone to listen to them, believe in them and someone who is on their side, but more importantly; someone to love them and care for them.
By becoming a Local Authority foster carer, you can work with people who share these aims; people who want to support you every step of the way and ensure that you are able to meet the needs of the children in your care.
“Anybody who fosters children through their Local Foster Wales team does so safe in the knowledge that wherever their fostering future takes them, we’ll be beside them every step of the way with dedicated expertise, advice and learning and development opportunities in order to support their fostering journey.”
The new campaign by Foster Wales will span TV, radio, Spotify and digital platforms.
It is estimated that 550 new foster carers are needed across Wales to look after the numbers of children who need care and support.
While no two children are the same, neither is the foster care they need.
There is no ‘typical’ foster family. Whether somebody owns their own home or rents, whether they’re married or single. Whatever their gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or faith, there are young people who need someone on their side.
To find out more about local authority fostering in Torfaen visit Fosterwales.torfaen.gov.uk