Foster support

What support will I get as a foster carer?

As a foster carer for Caerphilly you will never be on your own and we will support you in any way we can. We all work together as part of a large team.

Individual support – you will be allocated your own fostering social worker who will support you in all aspects of fostering.

Support for the child – any child placed with you will have his or her own social worker.

Support from other carers – once approved you will be allocated a mentor, which is an experienced foster carer who will be there for you for the first six months. Many friendships have been made through fostering and there is now a large support network on hand. Social activities for all carers and their families are also arranged, such as trips to the pantomime, theme parks and also a Christmas party.

Development groups – groups are held 4 times a year. All carers have the opportunity to attend one type of group. Carers will be able to learn more about fostering and the wider picture of looked after children. You will also have the opportunity to meet many other carers who live in your area to share knowledge and ideas.

Financial support – an allowance is paid to foster carers to cover the costs of looking after a child and a fee is paid to the carer. This fee is dependent on experience.

Out of hours support – telephone support from the fostering team is available between the hours of 6pm – 10pm every evening, including weekends, bank holidays and even Christmas Day. There is also an emergency duty team providing telephone support at all times when the office is closed.

Multi-agency support – the council are also able to offer specialist support for you and the children on issues such as health, education and behaviour management .

Newsletter – foster carers produce a newsletter to keep everyone updated with all relevant information.

The Fostering Network – once approved you will become a member of The Fostering Network, who is also on hand to offer you guidance and advice.

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Foster carers training

As foster carers you can access a variety of training opportunities.

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Documents and forms

Forms and guidance to help you in your everyday role as a foster carer.

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Useful contacts for foster carers

Useful telephone numbers for foster carers.

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Children awaiting placements

There are many children who need foster placements at any one time. The majority of the children who need families are over the age of ten, and therefore we are currently prioritising enquiries from people who can look after older children.

The following are examples of the types of children who are currently waiting the right family to look after them.

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