Fostering in Swansea
You could change a child’s life by becoming a foster carer. Whilst childcare experience is helpful, it is not essential – as full and comprehensive training will be provided. You will also receive 24/7 support for peace of mind. When a child in need of a safe and caring home is matched and placed with you, you will receive a professional carer fee.
The Foster Care Co-operative (FCC) work closely with Swansea Council in order to support the need for foster homes in the region.
About the Foster Care Co-operative
We are unique in the fostering sector. As well as being not-for-profit, but we are also the only fostering organisation operating as a co-operative in the UK. This gives our foster carers, staff and children a clear voice within the organisation – a voice that is heard and acted upon to improve our service. In addition, as a not-for-profit organisation, we reinvest any surplus income after expenses into providing more foster care support and training. This is how foster care should be.
One of our regional offices is in Cardiff, so we are able to cover a large part of South Wales. This enables us to provide local support networks, as well as training and other activities for the children we support. The South Wales region is managed by our Operational Manager for Wales, who looks after a team of social workers.
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 Swansea?
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.