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Parent and Child Foster Carer

As a parent and child foster carer you will share your parenting skills with the child’s parent.

Being a Parent and Child Foster Carer

Parent and child fostering is a delicate balance between assessing the parent’s skills, while offering a nurturing environment for them to become the best parents they can be.

Often welcoming a parent who has no other family support, limited parental skills or with a challenging relationship with a partner, foster carers will work closely with social workers to support and identify any concerns for the safety of the child.

This is a short-term arrangement (usually limited to 12 weeks) often providing evidence for court proceedings, to help parents to build up the skills and confidence they need, while making sure that the child or baby’s needs are being met.

About the workplace

Foster carers will work from home, supported by an office-based team in their local authority or fostering agency. Supervising social workers will guide you and identify support needs and opportunities for learning and development appropriate to the children in your care.

What's the best thing about being a foster carer?

It's seeing how they progress, it's just enjoying them, working with them, and just being on their side.
Sandra, Foster Carer
Sandra Stafford, Foster Carer

Required Qualifications

No qualifications needed.

To become a foster carer you will be assessed by a social worker and approved as a foster carer with your local authority or fostering agency.

Getting started as Parent and Child Foster Carer

Foster Wales is a collaboration, a national network of 22 Welsh Local Authority fostering services. 

They're part of your local community, close by with expert local support and guidance.


  • keep children local wherever possible.
  • are one team
  • not for profit

Training programmes

If you’re considering a career in care, we have a range of training programmes available to help you get started.