Vale foster carers needed urgently
Published 5 February 2015
At least 550 new foster families are needed across Wales during 2015 according to figures released today from The Fostering Network.
And in the Vale of Glamorgan an additional 10 carers are needed each year for the next 3 years in order meet demands.
With a rising number of children coming into care, and around 13 per cent of foster carers leaving the service last year, there is a need to not only recruit more foster carers but also better utilise the current pool of foster carers.
Concerns have been raised that some children will find themselves living away from family and friends, and some could be split from siblings, or be placed with a foster carer without the skills and experience needed to meet specific needs.
More foster families are particularly needed to provide homes for teenagers, children with disabilities and sibling groups.
Dr Emily Warren, director of The Fostering Network Wales, said: “Fostering can be an incredibly rewarding career and lifestyle choice for those who do come forward, opening their hearts and homes to children and young people who need security and stability.
“Fostering is also a challenging job, and when the match between foster family and child is not right, it becomes even more difficult. A wider pool of foster carers enables fostering services to be able to match the needs of each child more closely with the skills that each foster carer brings, and to find the right home for each child, first time.
“We urgently need people who have the right skills and qualities to foster to come forward and make a long lasting positive difference to the life of a child.”
If you think you can make a difference and look after a Vale child, please contact 01446 729600 or visit the fostering page.
For details of fostering services and more information about fostering and becoming a foster carer, visit www.couldyoufoster.org.uk.