ways to foster
Then you’ve already chosen to make a difference to the lives of children.
Becoming a foster carer is big decision to make but choosing the right fostering agency is equally important.
So, why choose Foster Wales Swansea? Children and young people are at the heart of everything we do. Why? Because they matter. We support and empower our foster carers so they can build bright futures for local children.
We are a not-for-profit organisation responsible for placing Swansea children with local foster carers. Fostering with us ensures that you will have Swansea children live with you.
Fostering with independent fostering agencies can often mean having children placed with you who are from out of county, resulting in a lot of transporting to schools and contact with family.
Foster carers who work with Foster Wales Swansea help us to better understand what our children really need. In addition, we will work with you to understand what you need as a foster carer to be the best you can be in your role. It enables us to embed local networks of support and better encourage positive connections to a child’s locality, including their schooling and time with birth family and friends. By providing what you need to support the child in the best way possible, means there are better futures for all involved. By working directly with us – the people responsible for the children in your care – we will be better informed to ensure you get the advice, training and support you need to do this. We value our foster carers.
benefits of fostering for Swansea
As we are responsible for placing Swansea children with foster carers, our in-house foster carers are approached first whenever we need to place a child. It’s only when we can’t find the right match within our foster carer cohort do we then approach independent fostering agencies to see if they have suitable foster carers.
Fortunately, we are able to place over 80% of children needing a foster placement with our in-house carers. We know our in-house foster carers really well, in terms of their skills, strengths and experience. This means that we can get the right match for both the children and foster carers.
We take pride in putting the children at the heart of everything we do which is why we take a holistic approach to their needs by working as a team around the child. We work side-by-side with both the foster carers and the children’s social workers; it helps create better outcomes for the children.
what we offer at foster wales swansea
We know just how important the right support is for our foster carers which is why we are constantly expanding and improving our offer.
- Retainer payment – reviewed after 3 months
- Buddy scheme – you are never alone
- Access to an Independent advice and mediation worker
- Therapeutic support hub
- Therapeutic Learning Programme for carers (DDP)
- Foster carer in the team to help us expand on the levels of support
- Social events and activities
- Support groups for the whole fostering household
- Passport to Leisure (discounts at cultural and leisure venues across Swansea)
- MAX card
- A wide range of flexible learning and development opportunities
Find out more about the rewards and support we offer.
“Due to the long periods left without a placement I decided to hand in my notice and apply directly with a local authority.”
Sarah, Foster Carer
how to transfer to us
The first step is to get in touch with us at Foster Wales Swansea.
You might be really keen to transfer over to Foster Wales Swansea but at the same time feel daunted by the whole process. Fear not, transferring to us starts with a no pressure chat so we can talk you through the transfer process and how it is going to work for you. We will prioritise your assessment so that we can get you approved as quickly as possible.
Get your transfer guide
For more information on the benefits of transferring to us, how the process works, and why you should transfer to Foster Wales Swansea, download the transferring guide below or get in touch to receive your booklet.