Your role

Our foster carers form an essential part of the professional team that is responding to the needs of some of the most vulnerable children and young people in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

They draw upon their extensive personal experiences, skills and instincts – supported with training and advice from us – to provide care for the child or children in their homes.

They are professionals 24/7 because the work is around the clock.

They are parents, carers, teachers, psychologists, sports coaches, chefs, social workers, counsellors, health advisors, mentors, advocates and inspirations all wrapped into one!

Of course they are not on their own, training is undertaken before they are approved and our foster carers can access a wide range of professional, recognised qualifications and accreditations during their fostering journey.

 There is so much information and advice on offer to help you make the decision and ensure you are making the right decision for you and your family. There really is nothing to lose by just making that first step to find out more.” 

Many of the children in our care have experienced negativity and pain in their lives, which affects how they respond to those who are trying to help them.

As a foster carer, you will respond with patience, positivity and support, helping the child form trusting relationships.

As the child’s foster carer, you will not have parental responsibility for them, but will have delegated responsibility for the day-to-day care of the child.

This includes

  • Buying clothes and other necessities for the child (you will be paid an allowance to help cover these costs)
  • Attend medical appointments Assist in finding or supporting education for the child, including accompanying them to school and helping with homework.
  • Help facilitating contact with birth family.
  • Attend regular meetings regarding the child’s welfare Keep records of the child’s progress.
  • Write or contribute reports for court (if appropriate)
  • Keep in contact with the child’s social worker about anything affecting the child Attend compulsory training