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Foster Carer


As a Foster Carer you’ll provide a home for children and young people who are unable to live in their own family home, welcoming children into your home life.

You’ll provide a stable, nurturing home for children and young people and offer emotional and practical care and support. You’ll also advocate on behalf of children and young people, support their education and their physical, mental and social well-being.

You may care for children on a short-term basis (in an emergency) or care for children on a long-term basis, sometimes for the duration of their childhood.

There are other types of foster care, including short breaks, fostering for adoption and fostering for friends and family.

To be successful in this role, you'll need:

  • Good communication skills
  • To be able to be non-judgmental
  • Empathy
  • To be able to build trusting relationships with children and young people
  • To be patient, resilient and observant
  • Confidence to deal with changing and challenging situations
  • To be reflective and learn from experiences

Find out more information on qualifications for this role with Social Care Wales.