There’s been an urgent call for more Anglesey families to become foster carers.
Anglesey Council says there’s a particular need for families on the island to care for older children and teenagers. The appeal coincides with Foster Care Fortnight, which ends on Sunday.
According to the charity The Fostering Network, another 550 families across Wales – with the right skills and experience – are needed to ”offer loving, stable and secure homes to children and young people”.
Foster parents are also needed to provide long term care and short breaks for disabled children, along with Welsh speaking foster homes for children who speak Welsh as their first language.
One such carer, Sorrel, became a foster parent with the council four years ago: ”For years, I’d always wanted to become a foster carer. I felt as if I just needed to help other children and provide them with a loving home. You hear a lot about children that are in care and I had a home that I could offer them.”
”The best thing about fostering is that it’s so rewarding. There are difficult times, but building that trust, in a family environment, is key. Helping them out with school work, or seeing them making new friends. It’s great to see such a difference in them over time.”
”The support I have from Anglesey Council as a foster carer has been fantastic, I have a social worker that supports me and a social worker that supports the children. If I find I have any questions, she’s there at the end of the phone. If she isn’t available there’s always someone else to help me.”
Fostering Network CEO Kevin Williams said: ”Foster Care Fortnight is a fantastic opportunity for us to say thank you to the foster families of Anglesey. What these families do is amazing, giving children the chance of having the childhood they deserve, helping them to have high aspirations and enabling them to flourish as they grow.”
”We really do need more foster carers so that when a child needs a foster family they have the greatest chance of finding the family who has the skills to best meet their particular needs at the first time of asking.”
Fôn Roberts, Anglesey Council’s head of children’s and families services, added: ”The children and young people who are looked after have often experienced very difficult starts to their lives, so prospective foster carers need a range of skills and qualities, including patience, the ability to listen, being a team player, a sense of humour and much more besides. The role is a challenging one, but we know that our foster carers find the impact they can make extremely rewarding.”
The fostering service on Anglesey offers training and support, along with allowances to cover the cost of looking after children and additional fees and payments. For more information, call 01248 752 772 or email [email protected]
A training course on peer mentoring – aimed particularly at new fosters – will be held in Llandudno Junction in July. For more information, visit The Fostering Network’s website.