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Foster Carer

As a Foster Carer you’ll provide a home for children and young people who are unable to live in their own family home, welcoming children into your home life.

You’ll provide a stable, nurturing home for children and young people and offer emotional and practical care and support. You’ll also advocate on behalf of children and young people, support their education and their physical, mental and social well-being.

You may care for children on a short-term basis (in an emergency) or care for children on a long-term basis, sometimes for the duration of their childhood.

There are other types of foster care, including short breaks, fostering for adoption and fostering for friends and family.

To be successful in this role, you'll need:

  • Good communication skills
  • To be able to be non-judgmental
  • Empathy
  • To be able to build trusting relationships with children and young people
  • To be patient, resilient and observant
  • Confidence to deal with changing and challenging situations
  • To be reflective and learn from experiences

Find out more information on qualifications for this role with Social Care Wales.

Name : Richard Bartlett
Overview : Richard grew up in foster care and always wanted to give something back to the foster family and local authority that saved his life. Richard and his wife have two children and they have supported 69 placements and 74 children over the past eleven years. Many of the children they have fostered have complex needs and learning disabilities. Richard is also a foster mentor and helps and supports new foster carers on their fostering journey. Have you experienced any challenges as a foster carer? One challenge we had was when we looked after a child who was from a Muslim background. We had to alter our household and support his Muslim culture while still living our own culture. We supported and respected his religion and culture which was very different to our own and we supported him through Ramadan. It was quite difficult, but we got there in the end. What is the age range of the children you have fostered? The first child we had was four and now we have an eighteen-year-old. Some children and young people we have fostered have had complex needs. We have also gone into hospital and looked after children in hospital as well. What has been your most rewarding moment? Every day is a standout moment. We had one child with disabilities, and he came to us and could not use a knife and fork, was on medication and was shaking a lot and could not write, and two years on he is off all medication and is learning every day, it is lovely to see.

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