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Who can foster?

Did you know foster carers are needed in Swansea?

  • You can be a parent already, or have no children of your own
  • You can be single, married or have a partner
  • You can own your house or rent (as long as it's stable)
  • You can apply to foster whatever your cultural background and religious beliefs
  • Your sexuality won't prevent you from fostering
  • You can apply at almost any age, your experience and what you can offer is what's important
  • You can continue fostering past retirement age, as long as your health is good
  • You don't need any formal qualifications

Contact usFoster Swansea needs a diverse range of foster carers to meet the different needs of local children and young people.  Lots of different people can apply to foster but you will need a few things including:

  • A spare bedroom
  • Enough time to care for a child
  • Patience, tolerance and a sense of humour
  • The ability to be open and honest
  • A safe and stable environment
  • And ultimately... a strong commitment to helping children through difficult times in their lives.

What are we looking for?

We need foster carers who can care for children and young people of different ages for different periods of time.  This could be for a few days, months or years.  There are different types of fostering tasks and our biggest need at the moment includes:

  • Older children and young people aged 10+
  • Sibling groups - This would require you to have 2 or more spare bedrooms to care for brothers and sisters together
  • Parent and Child fostering - we need people who can care for a child and their parent (this can include mum, dad or both).  You will provide a short-term home to support and encourage a parent to learn parenting skills, whilst caring for their own child with your guidance.  Read My Story about a foster carer who provides Parent and Child Fostering
  • Support Care for young people on evenings/weekends - we need people who have at least two weekends a month free to offer a break to families by caring for children aged 10+ on a planned basis, with the aim of keeping the family together
  • Children with disabilities - we need local people to provide a nurturing home to a child with learning disabilities, physical disabilities or Autism

Find out more at a Fostering information evening

Whatever stage you are at in the process of becoming a foster carer for us, we understand that you may still have lots of questions and need further information to help you in the process, so come along to one of our informal information evenings. 

You can chat to the team at Foster Swansea and meet some of our fantastic foster carers who can tell you about the difference they make.

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