Is Fostering For You?

Make a difference to a child or young person’s life

Being a Foster Carer is a specialist job done by extraordinary people, and for many it is a

life-changing experience.

Fostering is a way to make a real positive difference to a child’s life providing children and

young people with a stable and loving home and the support and encouragement they need to

flourish and do well.

We welcome people from all walks of life, including single people, couples, (married,

un-married and same-sex), homeowners and non-homeowners, employed and unemployed

people, parents & non-parents

We need foster carers for children of all ages and are particularly keen to hear from people who would consider fostering teenagers, groups of siblings, disabled children and Mother & baby placements. 

Fostering is a challenging job, but many carers find it incredibly worthwhile and rewarding

with the opportunity to undergo training and learn new skills.

Types of Fostering

Placements vary and depend on individual needs

There are many reasons why children enter the Looked after system, therefore, we need

people who are able to offer different types of fostering.  These include:

Long Term

This type of fostering can be extremely important to a child or young person as it offers a

stable, secure home environment to prepare them for independent living and adult life.

Short Term

Providing temporary placements for children and young people until their plans for the

future are confirmed.  This type of placement can vary from a few days up to a couple of

years and can often happen with very short notice.  These placements are often the result of

a sudden family emergency, where the ultimate aim is to return the child or young person

back to the family home or to move them on to an adoptive placement.

Short Breaks

Providing care for short amounts of time, this can mean from a night through to a couple of

weeks.  This placement is often used to relieve  a stressful home situation or giving parents

or carers a break.  Short breaks placements can often be arranged at regular intervals and

are often used for our children with disabilities.

Respite

For children who need regular breaks from placement or holiday placements

Supported Lodgings

Offers a period of stability for the young person while preparing to live independently.  The

carers encourage and promote independence until the young person is ready to move on.

Parent & Child

While some parents are undergoing parenting assessments, they need to live in a safe

environment where carers can support the parents while reporting back on the Parent’s

development and skills as a parent. There is specific training provided on this specialist type of

placement.  In essence, it is a dual role of both supporting and supervising a young mother and her

baby and this may continue for 6-9 months.

Regular drop in sessions every first Wednesday of the month, from 10-12, at your local Community Hub:

Abergavenny Community Hub
Chepstow Community Hub
Usk Community Hub
Monmouth Community Hub/Library
Caldicot Community Hub