The Fostering Journey

 

Whether you live in a rural village, bustling city centre, or a peaceful suburb, if your home has the space for a young person then you’ve come to the right place. One of the main fostering agencies in Wales, at Calon Cymru Fostering we empower every foster carer to become more than just a cog in the system. Without our community of foster carers, thousands of children and teenagers across Wales would lose their chance of a bright future.

The fostering journey starts when you reach out, before branching into a new and unique direction for every carer and young person who comes through our doors. 

An initial no-commitment conversation will give you a chance to learn more about the process – followed by a detailed journey which not only allows us to ensure that you tick the boxes required of a foster carer, but also enables you to work out if this is the best fit for you.

The Fostering Process

Here at Calon Cymru Fostering, we present a united front across each key location in Wales – pairing vulnerable children with the foster carers who we think might be best suited to them. For some this will mean placing them in close proximity to their birth parents and direct family members, while for others it might mean placing them in a location which allows them to retain elements of an existing routine such as school or extracurricular activities.

 

For most of the young people who come to Calon Cymru Fostering, the fostering process begins when they can no longer live with their birth parents – with some regulars in the system while others will be experiencing this disruptive change for the first time. Whether the move is for their own personal safety or for purely logistical, financial, or lifestyle reasons, our job is to place these young people into a home where they have the chance to thrive, to feel safe, and to feel welcome – with placement types ranging from overnight stays to long term arrangements.

What it means to become a foster carer

Becoming a foster carer is not without its challenges, however with every tough day there will be a hundred more memorable moments and life-changing breakthroughs – from the biggest wins to the smallest of smiles. No matter what path your journey follows, fostering is a process which will stay with you forever – as so many of our existing carers have found out over the years.

When you become a foster carer with Calon Cymru Fostering, we combine the skills and training of our inhouse team, with the experiences and real stories from these existing carers, to give you a well-rounded understanding of the process from day one. In a world where every day is a training day, and every new placement brings its own challenges and magical moments, fostering is for you if you’re open to learning and ready to embrace something new and highly rewarding. 

Our FAQ page holds the answers to some of the most common questions we receive from early applicants, however once you become a part of the Calon Cymru Fostering family then you will benefit from a dedicated social worker and a team of support workers, in addition to our foster carer ‘buddy’ program which gives you access to an existing carer within the network.

And that’s not all. We invest in enhancing your life skills and building on your experiences, so that you feel confident and positive as you go into every placement. By working to match every child in our system with the family or carer that is best suited to them and their needs, we always make sure that our foster families feel fully supported and listened to – understanding that it is only when you feel comfortable that you are able to provide the very best care and support to a young person. 

To kick start your journey to becoming a foster carer, all you need to do is fill out our enquiry form or give us a call, and let us guide you through the most rewarding, eye-opening, and life affirming journey of your life.

Already a foster carer with another agency, but ready to make the move to the Calon Cymru way?

Our foster transfer service makes it easier than ever to transfer over to Calon Cymru Fostering and become a member of our community network. All you need to do is get in touch and let us do the rest.

Up for the challenge?
Get in touch today to start your fostering journey.