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Rethinking your career in 2021? Foster Swansea needs more carers for teenagers.

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Group of teenagers
Teenage boy leaning on a wall
Woman looking at a teenage girl's work
Girl smiling at the camera
Teenage boy in a grey top
Woman and boy washing up together

We need more foster carers who can provide loving and secure homes, particularly for older children and teenagers.

That's why we are encouraging people to become foster carers, especially those looking for a fresh start in 2021 or who want to make a real difference in a local child's life. 

For some, becoming a foster carer might just be a path worth considering. As a well-paid and incredibly rewarding role, it can offer a new career with outstanding training and support. This could be especially relevant to those who are facing job uncertainty, are rethinking about how to spend their time or the type of work they want to do.

With the current pandemic, the need is not going to go away any time soon. There is increased pressure on families which is contributing to worsening mental health, increasing levels of domestic violence, more reliance on substances and deepening poverty.

Some believe that older children or teenagers are more of a challenge to parent than younger children. They are wrongly labelled as being difficult or troublesome. However, that's not the case. It's simply a different experience rather than a more challenging one. They're just normal teenagers that require the safety and security of a loving foster family.

In reality, fostering teenagers might actually be easier. Older children or teenagers are more independent and may have less reliance on their foster carers. Also, teenagers are likely to be less physically demanding than looking after younger, more dependent children and young people.

Julia Doherty, a Foster Swansea foster carer for 18 years, has supported over 70 children and young people.

She said: "I have had great pleasure in the latter years of supporting and nurturing teenagers. To see them develop into young adults has been so rewarding. We all need that person who is willing to support us through what can be very challenging teen years, this is especially difficult for those who are not with their own families.

"To give these young people the chance to develop and grow is so important and to accept them for who they are.

"I wish more people would come forward to become foster carers for teenagers, they have as much need for our love and support as younger children.

"Knowing that you've helped care and support a teenager through difficult times and see them come out the other side is better than gold."

To find out more, please email foster.swansea@swansea.gov.uk or phone 01792 636103.

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