Merry Christmas 2018 and a Happy New Year
From all the Staff at Carmarthenshire County Council’s Fostering Service.
Everyone in Carmarthenshire’s Fostering Service are bursting with pride for Maisie and Ellie Kiff who, last week were two out of six young people in the UK to receive a ‘Fostering Network Excellence Award’ for supporting children as part of their fostering family.
Anne Sturgess, Assistant Team Manager within Carmarthenshire’s Fostering Service, nominated Maisie and Ellie as a result of the excellent support they have given many children and young people over the years.
Anne, who works closely with the children of Carmarthenshire’s Foster Carers attended the award ceremony in London last week and said:
“In Carmarthenshire’s Fostering Service, we ensure that it’s not only Foster Carers who receive support from the Team. Children and young people who foster are an integral part of the fostering service and the support, stability and friendship that they provide for vulnerable children and young people cannot be underestimated.
Maisie and Ellie, along with all our children who foster are a hugely important part of our service and we could not do it without them. Maisie and Ellie deserve this award for the way that they have helped their Mum and Dad with caring for children over the years, some of whom have had complex physical needs.
Maisie and Ellie are shining examples of young people who foster and Carmarthenshire Fostering Service is very lucky to have them as part of our team’.
Foster carers and children met on a sunny but cold and frosty morning to carve pumpkins and join in the activities in the park. All had fun wandering through the forest and crafting spiders before having a cuppa in the café to warm us up. The children enjoyed seeing the staff spooked by the ghosts and giant spiders in the carving room!
The Carmarthenshire Fostering Service is very excited to be launching their new website. The website was officially launched on 10th September in Llanelly House. The website provides a wealth of information and guidance to potential foster carers and explains some of the ways that the Carmarthenshire Fostering Service help and support those interested in becoming foster carers. The website also offers updates and information to existing foster carers within Carmarthenshire. It is fully compatible with mobile and tablet devices and very user friendly.
Take a look at the case studies and video clips on the new website from existing Foster Carers and Foster Mentors giving an insight into fostering. The Fostering website can be viewed here – www.fostering.carmarthenshire.wales
Carmarthenshire Fostering Service held its 4th Family Fun Day in Pembrey Country Park on Saturday 21st July 2018. Lots of fun activities and games were enjoyed by foster carers, their children and the children they look after.
Foster Care Fortnight 2018 is taking place from Monday 14 to Sunday 27 May.
A range of resources and support are available to support fostering services to make the most of this year’s Foster Care Fortnight.
More information: www.thefosteringnetwork.org.uk/get-involved/foster-care-fortnight
The Foster Carers’ Charter in Wales was developed by The Fostering Network in partnership with the Welsh Local Government Association and the Directors of Social Services.
Continue reading “The Foster Carers’ Charter Toolkit”