Foster Care Fortnight™ is the UK’s biggest foster care awareness raising campaign, delivered by leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network. Established for almost 20 years, the campaign showcases the commitment, passion and dedication of foster carers. It also supports fostering services to highlight the need for more foster carers. Thousands of new foster families are needed every year to care for children, with the greatest need being for foster carers for older children, sibling groups, disabled children and unaccompanied asylum seeking children.
Conwy Borough Council have a dedicated fostering team and they are looking for people who can provide a safe, caring and supportive environment in which children and young people can thrive.
Our foster carers come from a wide range of backgrounds. It doesn't matter if you're married or single, what race or sexual orientation you are, if you own your home or rent, if you work or are unemployed. You need to be aged over 18 and healthy enough to care for a child, with a spare room in your home and no convictions for crimes against children.
Conwy realise that fostering a child or young person is a major decision and requires significant levels of commitment and patience. You'll need a committed and enthusiastic attitude, high levels of energy and a genuine desire to make a positive and lasting difference to the lives of children and young people.
Some child care experience is helpful whether that's working with children or bringing up your own. You'll need to have the time to give a child the support they need, help them keep in contact with their families if appropriate, and to attend training when required. You'll also need a realistic attitude to take on this challenging role and be responsible, flexible and friendly.
Conwy have lots of information on their website http://www.conwy.gov.uk/en/Resident/Social-Care-and-Wellbeing/Children-and-families/Fostering/Could-I-Foster/Become-a-Foster-Carer.aspx
There are frequently asked questions, videos and case studies. Alternatively you can always telephone and speak to one of their fostering officers who could be pleased to answer your questions.
Could you make a difference to a child or young person’s life?