20 Reasons to Foster in 2020
The Fostering Network has estimated that 550 foster families will be needed in Wales to keep up with the widespread demand.
To combat this on 1 January 2020 Carmarthenshire Local Authority has launched, #20 Reasons, a campaign to encourage people within their local area to consider fostering.
Carmarthenshire is one of nine local authorities who have joined forces to create #20Reasons. The campaign uses real foster carers and their motives for fostering to inform and inspire more families to consider looking after a child or young person.
The 20 reasons to foster range from making a difference to a child’s life by giving them a sense of love, belonging and security; to being part of building a positive future and; helping to keep a child in their local area so they can stay in school and near their friends.
Could you help transform a child’s life?
Carmarthenshire County Council Fostering Service regularly hold open evenings at Crosshands Club, 41 Llandeilo Road, Crosshands SA14 6RD. (Ample parking space). These evening are an opportunity to come along and have an informal chat with staff and foster carers over a cup of tea.
We are a friendly and enthusiastic bunch who love talking about our jobs and are passionate about making a difference to children’s lives, bring your family with you so that everyone can hear first-hand what it’s like to foster for Carmarthenshire. There is no obligation and no ‘hard sell’, just a chance to find out more and start to think whether fostering is right for you and your family. Keep an eye on our website for future dates…
Our next evening will be: Wednesday 18th March 2020, between 6 and 8pm.
Since being with my foster family, I’m doing well in school. My life has changed so much. It feels good to have someone supporting me. I feel like I have an identity now.
Foster with your local Council
- Help local children
- Help them to stay in their local area and local schools
- Support and training on your doorstep
- Experienced team nearby that you can trust to be there every step of the way
- Wish to support a non-profit making Local Authority Fostering Service
- Join many local families in Carmarthenshire who already foster with us
The Foster Carers’ Charter Toolkit
The charter sets out mutual roles and responsibilities, which are ‘owned’ by both foster carers and the fostering service. [Read more]
- have you got a spare bedroom?
- spare time to spend with children?
- are you over 21?
Sibling Foster Care
Carmarthenshire’s Fostering Service needs to recruit foster carers who can provide a safe and loving home to siblings. The bond between brothers and sisters is so special and that’s why we try our best to make sure that they grow up together.
We rely on our amazing foster carers such as Anita and Phil who have embraced caring for siblings and would like to share their story.
Foster in Carmarthenshire
Do you have a spare room in your home for a child or young person? We’re looking for warm, caring and dedicated people who want to help transform children and young people’s lives in Carmarthenshire.
Currently in Carmarthenshire there are children and other young people that need a caring, loving family to foster them. By becoming a foster carer, you can help make a huge difference to a child or young persons’ life. There are lots of different types of foster care placements available to suit your individual needs and circumstances.
We are looking for both experienced and new carers from all backgrounds to transform a child and young persons’ life forever. All applications will be considered. If you have a kind and caring nature, are committed, have compassion for young people and a sense of fun – we want to hear from you today!
We are proud to be part of Carmarthenshire County Council. We offer lots of support for our foster carers – whether you’re experienced or new – including training, supervision, group support and financial help.
Foster Mid and West Wales is a collaboration of four Local Authority fostering services, working together with local children and young people, we are not for profit and cover Powys, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire.