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
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:
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.
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.
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.
For children who need regular breaks from placement or holiday placements
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