Becoming a Foster Carer
Choosing to foster is a big decision, we have hopefully provided all the necessary information that you require in order to make this decision easier.
Who can be a foster carer?
Anyone who has time, patience and a spare bedroom, can apply to be a foster carer. There are no age limits, marital or gender preferences. You can be working or even be out of work. It does not matter if you own or rent your home. You can consider fostering if you are:
- over 21
- living with a partner or married, with or without children
- single - male or female, with or without children
- from any ethnic, religious, linguistic and cultural background
- a person with a disability
- a couple of the same gender
Please be aware that:
- We are unable to place children under the age of five (5) with your family if you or your partner smoke.
- Individuals with any criminal convictions or offences under Section 1 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956 and Schedule 1 of the Children and Young People Act 1933 in England and Wales, exclude someone from fostering.
Role of a foster carer
You will need to show that you:
Can care for children and young people:
- provide a good standard of care,
- promote healthy emotional, physical development
- build and encourage their educational achievements.
- by working with the child's family and others who are important to the child.
- Setting appropriate boundaries and managing children’s behaviour within these. There is a NO CORPORAL PUNISHMENT POLICY.
- Having a knowledge of child development.
- Being able to listen and communicate with children appropriate to their age and understanding.
Provide a safe and caring environment, by:
- Ensuring you care for the children and young people in a home where they are safe from harm or abuse.
- Helping children keep themselves safe from harm or abuse, and to know how to seek help when needed
- Acting as an advocate for each child
- Enabling children and young people who are moving on to do so in a positive manner
Work as part of a team, by:
- Working with other professionals and contribute to the Service plan for the child/young person
- Meeting and working together and encouraging regular contact with family members
- Receiving, giving and storing information including planning and record keeping.
- Keeping the lines of communication open
- Keeping information confidential
- Promoting equality, diversity and rights of individuals and groups within society.
- Supporting Neath Port Talbot’s commitment to Equal Opportunities
Think of your own personal development by:
- Appreciating your own personal experiences
- Understanding the impact that fostering may have on you as a family
- Having people and links within the community which provide support
- Using training opportunities to improve skills
- Sustaining positive relationships and maintaining effective functioning through periods of stress
- Being able to let children go
We will help you and your family develop your skills by providing full training and support.