Change a child’s life – be­come a fos­ter carer

Llanelli Star - - FOSTER CARE FORTNIGHT -

COULD you fos­ter a Car­marthen­shire child and help change their life? Fos­ter fam­i­lies are needed to he lp change the lives of a grow­ing num­ber of chil­dren and young peo­ple in Car­marthen­shire – could it be you? Fos­ter Care Fort­night is tak­ing place un­til May 26 and Car­marthen­shire Fos­ter­ing Ser­vice is on a mis­sion to re­cruit new fos­ter car­ers.

There are more than 200 chil­dren aged from new­born to 18-years-old be­ing fos­tered through­out the county, and new chil­dren for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons are in need of fos­ter fam­i­lies.

The short­age of suit­able Car­marthen­shire fam­i­lies to pro­vide them with a lov­ing home at this tur­bu­lent time in their lives means some chil­dren can be placed far from their fam­i­lies, friends and school.

This is some­thing Car­marthen­shire Fos­ter­ing Ser­vice tries to avoid at all cost and that is why they need fos­ter car­ers in all ar­eas of Car­marthen­shire.

Ex­ec­u­tive board mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion and chil­dren coun­cil­lor Glynog Davies said: “We des­per­ately need more fos­ter car­ers in Car­marthen­shire.

“We have many long term fos­ter car­ers who will vouch that fos­ter­ing can be an ex­tremely re­ward­ing ca­reer and lifestyle choice.

“All train­ing and on­go­ing sup­port is pro­vided. Fos­ter­ing is not easy, it does come with chal­lenges, but above all it can be im­mensely re­ward­ing.”

Fos­ter Care Fort­night is an an­nual cam­paign to raise the pro­file of fos­ter­ing and shows how fos­ter care trans­forms lives. Fos­ter­ing has the po­ten­tial to be life-chang­ing for fos­tered chil­dren and young peo­ple.

New fos­ter fam­i­lies are needed ev­ery year to care for chil­dren and young peo­ple, with the greatest need for fos­ter car­ers for older chil­dren, sib­ling groups, dis­abled chil­dren and unac­com­pa­nied asy­lum seek­ing chil­dren.

“This Fos­ter Care Fort­night we want you to know that fos­ter­ing is about chang­ing fu­tures, the fu­tures of fos­tered chil­dren and young peo­ple and the fu­tures of the fos­ter fam­i­lies who care for them,” said Mr Davies.

“And, if you think you have the rel­e­vant skills and ex­pe­ri­ence, we’re call­ing on you to con­sider be­com­ing a fos­ter carer so that you can also change a fu­ture.”

If you think you could take that step and make a dif­fer­ence by be­com­ing a Car­marthen­shire fos­ter carer please get in touch by call­ing 0800 0933699 or for more in­for­ma­tion visit the Fos­ter Mid and West Wales web­site.

Or visit the HWBs in Llanelli, Am­man­ford and Car­marthen dur­ing Fos­ter Care Fort­night to meet some of the team and find out about the var­i­ous fos­ter­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties are avail­able within Car­marthen­shire, in­clud­ing what sup­port is avail­able.

A cof­fee morn­ing is also be­ing held at Cross Hands Work­ing­men’s Club on Fri­day, May 17 be­tween 10am and noon. Those in­ter­ested can pop in for a chat and a cuppa.

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