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Skills of a foster carer

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There is an increasing need for the recruitment of new foster families in Wales to support the growing number of children coming into care. As of March 31st 2023, there were 4,955 children and young people living in foster care across Wales. This highlights the widespread need for foster families in our communities.


The role of a foster carer is crucial. Although the reason that children and young people come into care may vary, one thing remains constant, and that is their need for a stable and supportive home.


Foster carers come from a range of backgrounds, and with diverse life experiences. A lot of foster carers may have been parents themselves and have previously created a nurturing, safe, and loving environment for their children. However, not having children shouldn’t be a barrier if you’d like to become a foster carer.


Foster carers can bring a wide range of skills from their previous careers. Roles with lots of transferrable skills include working in care, nursing in the NHS, teaching, and serving in the military. Skills that have been developed throughout your career such as patience and adaptability can be crucial in providing a nurturing environment for foster children.


Resilience, compassion, and the ability to handle difficult situations with empathy are also qualities that a great foster carer possesses. These skills, combined with a professional and caring approach, and excellent communication can make a significant impact on the lives of foster children.


Barrie Lewis, who is the Recruitment Manager at Calon Cymru Fostering has seen the huge impact that foster carers have made on young lives throughout his career. He said:


“As a foster carer, you have an incredible opportunity to witness the happiness and development of local children. By providing a safe space, you can empower them and help in growing their self-esteem and confidence. With the support of people just like you, vulnerable and at-risk children and young people can have a chance at a brighter future.”


If you believe that you have what it takes to positively impact the lives of children and young people across South and West Wales, we encourage you to get in touch with us for an informal chat. Together, we can make a difference.


*Statistics from the Welsh Government website.


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Date published

18 April 2024

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