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There is no such thing as a typical foster carer, and there aren’t any hard and fast rules about who can foster.

Carers come from all walks of life, just like the children who need to be looked after.

Simply, foster carers must be over the age of 21, have a spare bedroom and time to devote.

The main qualities needed to be a foster carer are: a commitment to keeping children safe and a little love in your heart.

The best foster carers are motivated by a genuine interest in caring for children and young people, but with a down-to-earth, common sense way of dealing with the realities of life.

Foster carers are needed from a variety of different backgrounds and experiences but who all share one thing – the commitment to develop a child’s ability and strength, ensuring their potential is fulfilled.

It is extremely important that we have different types of carers so we can place children with families who share their own culture, language and religion.

You don’t need qualifications or experience in childcare. Many people choose fostering after raising a family, looking for a career change or being made redundant.

What’s more important to us is the desire to change a child’s life and make a difference. If you are able to provide stability to a child or young person then you could be a great foster carer.

Providing the family life a child needs

We believe that the most important thing for children and young people living in foster care is that they feel part of the family – that is, they feel that they belong and are valued.

We need carers who can provide a child with a stable and loving environment to help them feel comfortable in your home and ultimately help children grow and develop.

Bridgend Foster Care isn’t just looking for people who have had straightforward lives. Having survived and learned from difficulties or losses is likely to be helpful in fostering children and helping those who have their own problems. We don’t want anyone to be put off fostering because of past experiences. If there is anything you are worried about, contact us for an informal discussion.

More than just parenting

Fostering is about more than just parenting. It is a team of people working with parents and social workers to care for children. As a carer, you must be prepared to work as a professional who works as part of a team, sharing your home and life with social care professionals, with looked after children, school representatives and with birth families to secure the best outcome for children.

We are just interested in what you can bring to a child’s life. Ultimately it is your enthusiasm and willingness to make a commitment to fostering which makes a difference.