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Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Foster Carer?

Written by on 29th September 2021

A new campaign has been launched by Foster Wales, the new network of 22 Local Authority fostering services across the country, which aims to make a substantial national impact on the futures of young people.

Do you have what it takes to become a foster carer in Rhondda Cynon Taf, opening the door on opportunities for young people in the area?

Fostering opportunities in Rhondda Cynon Taf

With over one-third (39%) of Welsh adults saying they have considered becoming a foster carer, the new campaign launched across Wales is aimed at significantly increasing the number and diversity of local foster carers.

Throughout the country, every child in need of a foster carer is in the care of their Local Authority. The new bilingual advertising push, representing Rhondda Cynon Taf and the other 21 not-for-profit Local Authority fostering teams that make up ‘Foster Wales’, aims 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 Christina Leyshon, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “Becoming a foster carer is a decision to help local children who need someone to listen to them. To believe in them. Children who need someone on their side, someone to love them. 

“There is still a need to recruit an estimated 550 new foster carers and families across Wales every year. This is to keep up with the numbers of children who need care and support, while replacing carers who retire or provide a permanent home to children.

“We hope to welcome many more local people into fostering with Foster Wales over the coming months. All children have a right to thrive, all we need is more people to open their doors and welcome them in.”  

Launching Foster Wales in July, Deputy Minister for Social Services, Julie Morgan MS, said: “I know from listening to foster carers just how rewarding fostering can be. This new initiative will benefit looked after children and allow Local Authority fostering and recruitment teams across Wales to think bigger, creating a national impact without losing their advantage of specific local expertise.  

“This Government is committed to reducing the number of children in care, giving care experienced children better outcomes, and importantly eliminating the profit element of children in care. 

“Foster Wales is part of achieving this promise and will better enable children to stay in their community and meet the evolving needs of foster children and the people who foster them.”

“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 fostering within Rhondda Cynon Taf, visit https://rct.fosterwales.gov.wales/