More than 500 foster families needed in Wales to keep up with demand, charity warns

More than 500 new foster families are needed in Wales over the next year to keep up with demand, a charity has warned.

The Fostering Network is launching a campaign to encourage more people to become carers.

Schoolchildren

It says at least 550 new families are needed and without them some children will find themselves living a long way from school and friends.

They also warn children could be split up from brothers and sisters, or matched with unsuitable foster carers.

Sarah, a foster carer from Swansea, said it can make a “real difference” for a child.

I would recommend fostering to others and there are fostering services out there who will welcome you with open arms. Your past may be rich and provide you with lots of experiences you can draw on to support children in care. You might be surprised at what you have to offer, and what a difference you can make in the life of a child.

– SARAH, FOSTER CARER

Colin Turner, director of The Fostering Network in Wales, said there are around 4,700 children and young people living with foster families:

Foster carers do something amazing on behalf of our society – making a real difference to a child’s life. On any given day in Wales there are around 4,700 children and young people living with foster families who are working tirelessly to ensure that these children and young people experience the stability and security of a nurturing, loving home.

Along with fostering services across Wales, we are calling on people who think they have the right skills and experience to change a fostered child’s future, to find out more about fostering this Foster Care Fortnight.

– COLIN TURNER, THE FOSTERING NETWORK

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