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Empty nesters

Empty nesters make great foster carers

If people are looking to fill the void that an empty nest can bring, then fostering is an ideal way to go about it. Offering a child a home is in many ways a selfless act, but it can also bring a great deal of satisfaction and fulfilment to parents once their own children have 'flown the nest'.

Many children, through no fault of their own, have not been fortunate enough to experience the environment to allow them become the independent and confident young people, ready to move onto the next stage of their life. 

Fostering is about providing a safe and secure family environment at a crucial point in a child or young person’s life. Those who have already raised a family that has grown and moved on, will already know what it is like to care for a child through the typical range of age-related behaviours.

Parents of children who have already flown the nest will already have different skills that benefit you when becoming a foster carer. Patience, understanding and commitment is really what helps support a young person to face today's challenges.

Join our virtual meet and greets!

You can find out more about fostering by attending one of our virtual meet and greets, taking place on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 21 October at 6pm
  • Sunday 25 October at 10am

Where we will have a foster carer and the fostering team available to answer all your questions.

You will need to register your interest by emailing: bridgendfostercare@bridgend.gov.uk and a link to the meeting will be sent to you.

Become a foster carer

Carers come from all walks of life, just like the children who need to be looked after.

The best foster carers are motivated by a genuine interest in caring for children and young people, but with a down-to-earth, common sense way of dealing with the realities of life.

Foster carers are needed from a variety of different backgrounds and experiences but who all share one thing – the commitment to develop a child’s ability and strength, ensuring their potential is fulfilled.

To become a foster carer you will need:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • A spare bedroom
  • Time to devote

Few circumstances automatically prevent someone from becoming a foster carer, so do not rule yourself out.

You do not need any formal qualifications, ongoing training is provided, along with regular support from the fostering team. If you have any doubts do not hesitate to contact us to find out whether your situation would prevent you from becoming a foster carer.

 

The fostering team

Telephone: 01656 642674

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