Fostering in Newport
By becoming a foster carer, you could change a child’s life. You don’t need any special qualifications or experience, as full training will be provided. In addition, you will be paid a professional carer fee when a child is matched and placed with you. 24/7 support is always available for peace of mind.
The Foster Care Co-operative (FCC) work closely with Newport City Council in order to support the need for foster homes in the region.
About the Foster Care Co-operative
Our approach to fostering is what makes us unique. Not only are we not-for-profit, able to reinvest surplus income into providing more foster carer support and training, but we are a co-operative. This means that we give our ‘members’ (foster carers, staff and children) a voice within the organisation. We are the only fostering organisation operating as a co-operative in the UK.
Our nearest office is in Cardiff, but our social workers are located throughout the region – covering a large part of South Wales. This enables us to provide visits and support, as well as training and other activities for the children we support. The South Wales region is managed by our Operational Manager for Wales.
Becoming a foster parent / carer
The initial process for becoming a foster carer includes an informal chat over the phone, followed by an application pack and a home visit.
Once you have completed an application form, your allocated social worker will commence a process called a Form F, which is a detailed written assessment split into two parts. The first part (Stage 1) will be the completion of various checks including a DBS, a medical and the collation of references. Stage 2 is a more detailed assessment which will involve you talking about your adult life and childhood, your relationships, your work and family life.
Once the Form F is completed you will attend Fostering Panel, who have to approve all new foster carers. After this, you’re ready to make a change to a child’s life!
Could you foster in Newport?
If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, and are aged 21 or over with a spare bedroom in your home, you can register your interest now by completing our short form below, or call us on 0800 0856 538.