Monmouthshire County Council Fostering Team are proud to support Fostering Fortnight 8th – 21st May with a new campaign to address the shortage of foster carers locally. The campaign ‘Fostering, one small step for you one giant leap for them’  aims to encourage people who would like to foster to get in touch, to find out how they can help transform lives.

Throughout Wales there is a shortage of at least 500 foster carers and Monmouthshire Council would like to recruit more foster carers who live in Monmouthshire to meet the needs of Monmouthshire children. By remaining within their own local area it can significantly enhance the life chances for babies, children and young people.

In Monmouthshire foster carers are desperately needed to care for babies, older children and teenagers on a short or long term basis. Carers are needed to provide short breaks for children with disabilities, similarly carers are needed to care for teenagers moving into independence on a supportive lodging basis.

There is no special requirement to becoming a foster carer, people from all walks of life are welcomed to get in touch. The team are looking for people who have ‘life experience’ to support vulnerable children and who are committed to making a difference to them. Foster carers need to have ‘a strong commitment’ to children and be willing to go that extra mile: to take that small step to enable a child to take a giant leap to a secure future. In return we will support you throughout your journey to become a foster carer and beyond…….

Fostering Fortnight is a National campaign which aims to encourage more people to think about the difference they could make by fostering. The theme of this year’s fortnight is ‘Transforming lives’. To support Fostering Fortnight Monmouthshire foster care team are producing a short film explaining the process and how foster carers can really transform lives. The film will be available on the Monmouthshire County Council social media channels, Facebook – Monmouthshire, Twitter @MonmouthshireCC  and You Tube Monmouthshire CC.

Clare Marchant, Chief Officer for Social Care and Health said ‘Fostering Fortnight is a fantastic campaign which is much needed to raise awareness of our unsung heroes, our foster carers who are transforming the lives of the children and young people in their care.’

For more information contact Amy Maqueline, 01873 7 35950 or email familyplacement@monmouthshire.gov.uk  Amy is happy to answer questions and also arrange for existing foster carer to answer questions about what it’s really like to foster.