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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 : Sandra Stafford, Foster Carer
Overview : Sandra and her husband have been foster carers since 2001. As the main carer, Sandra is faced with daily challenges as she ensures that she meets the physical and emotional needs of the child, attends medical appointments and meetings, as well as supports and promotes contact with the birth family.

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Wales needs more social care workers.

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