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On-going support comes as standard

Bridgend Foster Care understands that fostering is a highly responsible and sometimes stressful job so we pride ourselves on the level of support we offer to our carers and their families to ensure they are ready to meet the needs of different children, plus they have the help and advice when they need it. As a foster carer you are never on your own.

Below is a list of support given:

  • Direct access to educational support and advocacy

  • Respite support – this gives foster carers a break from their foster child

  • Direct access to a dedicated health adviser

  • A dedicated, supervising social worker, who will directly support you in your role as a foster carer. They visit on a monthly basis and when support is needed. They provide assistance and guidance when required. Each child will also have their own social worker

  • FREE out-of-hours support so we are just a call away at any time of the day or night. You can phone us whenever you need assistance and speak to the team

  • Foster carer support – each carer will be allocated to an experienced carer who can provide informal support and mentoring

  • Our foster carers have their own support groups where they meet for coffee, organise social events etc

  • Information Consultation Events – organised twice a year, the events are aimed at informing carers about development in fostering and within the department

  • Bi-monthly foster carer surgeries – a chance for carers to meet up with fostering staff and discuss anything that is troubling them

  • Support group for sons and daughters

  • Support group for male foster carers

  • Foster care handbook which outlines all the essentials things you need to know and what to do

  • Fostering Network subscription – all approved foster carers are given an annual subscription to the Fostering Network. This national fostering organisation will keep you up to date with what is happening in the world of fostering and offers advice.