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Help transform a child’s life this Foster Care Fortnight

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8 May 2017

Bridgend County Borough Council is once again supportingFoster Care Fortnight, 8 – 21 May, highlighting the need for more foster carers and demonstrating how local foster carers are changing lives for the better.

In Wales, hundreds of new foster families are needed every year to care for children, with the greatest need being for teenagers, sibling groups and children with complex needs.  In Bridgend, we are also developing a parent and child placement scheme.

Foster Care Fortnight is delivered by fostering charity ‘The Fostering Network’ and the theme for this year’s campaign is ‘foster care transforms lives’.

Huw, who has been a foster carer for the past 14 years, said: “Being a foster carer means you open your home, give your time and lend your support to a young person at a crucial stage in their life. If that support helps them to develop, even by just a small amount, it can make a big difference to their future.”

Former teacher Will has been fostering for eight years. He said: “I decided to foster when my children grew up and left home. I have always been a champion of young people and I thought that if I could make a positive difference to one child’s life, then I’d really like to try.”

Tania, who started fostering by offering respite and emergency care, had her first parent and child short term placement just before Christmas last year. Tania said: “I really enjoyed helping the young mum to look after her new baby. I enjoyed showing her how to do things in an easier way. I felt like a mum to the young mother and I’m glad I was able to help her."

Bridgend Foster Care is the local authority’s fostering service, and aims to provide high quality placements for children and young people who, through no fault of their own, can no longer stay with their birth families.

Placements are provided via foster carers who play a vital role in creating a stable and loving family environment so children and young people can reach their full potential with confidence.

Corporate Director, Social Services and Wellbeing at Bridgend County Borough Council, Susan Cooper said: “We are fortunate that the council has some very dedicated foster carers who work tirelessly to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the most vulnerable children in our county borough.

“However, there is an urgent need for more families to come forward, particularly families willing to take on siblings, teenagers and those with special needs. Foster carers perform a vital role in transforming the lives of young people in our care system, offering a stable and loving environment in which to grow-up makes a huge difference. We hope this campaign will encourage more people to come forward and help transform a child’s life for the better. We do not underestimate the challenges of this work but we know the rewards are very great indeed.”

Come and meet the fostering team!

Could you change lives and offer a child in Bridgend County Borough a loving home? If you have a spare room and are interested in fostering you can find out more at a series of roadshow events we've organised to support Foster Care Fortnight in Porthcawl, Maesteg and Bridgend. Roadshow date and venues can be found below:-

Date

Place

Time

Monday 8 May

Porthcawl town centre

10am – 2pm

Tuesday  9 May

Maesteg Sports Centre

4pm – 7pm

Wednesday 10 May

Asda, Bridgend

10am – 2pm

Friday 12 May

McArthur Glen, Bridgend

10am – 6pm

Saturday 13 May

Porthcawl town centre

10am – 2pm

 

 

 

Monday 15 May

Maesteg Sports Centre

4pm – 7pm

Tuesday 16 May

Porthcawl town centre

10am – 2pm

Wednesday 17 May

Asda, Bridgend

10am – 2pm

Thursday 18 May

Maesteg Sports Centre

4pm – 7pm

Friday 19 May

Bridgend Life Centre

10am – 2pm


At the roadshows, you'll be able to speak to local foster carers about their experiences with the fostering team on hand to answer any questions.

It doesn't matter if you're just curious about how fostering works, are considering it for the future or have already decided you would like to foster – the team would be delighted to chat to you!

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a foster carer, just fill in a short enquiry form, online and one of the friendly team will be in touch!

The Bridgend Foster Care team also organises regular meet and greet sessions that provide friendly information on fostering, including a no-obligation chat with a member of the fostering team. The next session will take place on 14 June, 6pm at The High Tide, Porthcawl and will focus on the new parent and child placement scheme.

To find out more about this year’s Foster Care Fortnight campaign, please visit www.bridgendfostering.co.uk for further information about becoming a foster carer, call 01656 642674 or e-mail: enquiries@bridgendfostercare.wales

Last Updated: 19/05/2017
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