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Foster Cwm Taf - Fostering for your Local Authority

FAQ's

Yes you can. Just fill in the enquiry form and our recruitment team will discuss this with you.

Yes you can. We will work with you to minimise any disruption for your or the child and make the transition a smooth one.

Becoming a foster carer is one of the most rewarding things you can do. You’ll be helping a vulnerable child or young person by nurturing them and building their self esteem.

Children are unable to stay in their own family home for a number of reasons, this may be while family issues are resolved or because of a family illness where the child’s parents have no other support available.

Unfortunately children and young people are likely to have experienced some trauma and will need your understanding and patience to help them with this.

What all children have in common is the need to be in a safe and secure environment with care, kindness and stability.

Children in foster care are in the care of the local authority.

Adoptive parents have all parental rights and responsibilities and the adopted child loses all legal ties with their birth parents and becomes a full member of the new family.

You can start the process by enquiring through this website. There’s no commitment at this stage but someone will be in touch and you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions.

Yes you can. We welcome applications from applicants who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transexual.

Yes, we welcome applications from all religions and backgrounds.

Most foster carers who work full time are short break carer meaning they only look after a child or children at the weekends.

If you want to do short term or long term fostering you’ll need to consider your working hours and how you’ll get a child to and from school and care for them in the school holidays. You’ll also need to be able to attend training sessions as well as have time to meet regularly with your social worker.

Yes you can.  A lot of foster carers already have their own children, feel they’ve done a good job raising them and want to give other children a good start in life.

You’ll need to think about the difference that other fostering will make to your own children and talk to them about it.

Local authority guidelines mean that you cannot foster children under 5 if you smoke. For children over 5 You need to make sure that no one smokes inside the house.

Fostering without a car can be difficult. If you don’t drive or have access to a car you will need to think about how you will get children to and from school or to any meetings with their birth family.

It doesn’t matter what type of house you live in. You’ll need to have space for the children to play indoors and access to space outdoors.

If you don’t have your own garden you can still be a foster carer.

Children will need a space to do their homework and to keep their clothes and belongings.

You don't need to own your own home and can foster if you're in rented accommodation.

Yes, it’s important that children have their own room. If you are planning work to your house or moving to accommodate this then please discuss with our Recruitment Officer.

You don’t need any specific qualifications to be a foster carer. You will need to have the time, skills and ability to care for children or young people.

We need enthusiastic, committed and caring people to be foster carers.

We’ll provide comprehensive training and regular support. This will include a ‘Skills to Foster’ course as part of the assessment process.

You’ll develop new skills and have the opportunity to gain extra qualifications if you wish.

You can apply if you are over 21 and there is no upper age limit. It is important that you have the experience and stability in your own life to support a child as well as the health and energy to keep up with them.

Your age will help us to work out what age group of children you might be best suited to care for.

It’s important that you’re able to cope with any physical and emotional challenges that fostering may present so you’ll need to undergo a medical check up as part of your assessment. This is a legal requirement under the Fostering Regulations.

Many conditions may not stop you from becoming a foster carer but it is important you’re in good health. You need to be emotionally resilient to deal withe the challenges that fostering might bring.

No you don’t – we welcome applications from people who are single, living together, married, divorced, separated, straight or gay.

If you are single it’s important that you have other support networks of family and friends in place.

Each child in foster care needs as much stability as possible in their placement so it is important to consider your long term plans.

If you’ve only been in a relationship a short time and are thinking of fostering as a couple we would suggest you’ve been living together for at least 12-18 months before you start the process. Fostering a child will have an impact on your home life so it’s important to be settled before starting the assessment process.

Having a criminal conviction doesn’t automatically rule you out of fostering. An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be carried out on you and anyone in your household who is aged 16 or over.

Each application will be considered individually, but we won’t progress your application where there are convictions for serious offences or offences against children.

We aim for it to take six months from you making your initial enquiry to being approved as a foster carer. Sometimes it can take a bit longer than this.

Foster carers receive a generous weekly fee as well as an allowance for the child that is paid to you.

We will work with you to help you identify equipment you need for a placement. For example we can help with providing beds, baby equipment and storage for clothes and belongings, in some circumstances.

Fostering without a car can be difficult. If you don’t drive or have access to a car you will need to think about how you will get children to and from school or to any meetings with their birth family.

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