Foster Wales Monmouthshire celebrates Foster Care Fortnight

Published: 14 May 2024

Foster Care Fortnight takes place between 13th and 26th May and is the Fostering Network's annual campaign to raise awareness of the need for foster carers, show how fostering transforms lives and raise the profile of fostering.

Nearly 200 Monmouthshire children are in care. While most of our children who are looked after live locally with loving foster carers, many live far away or in children's homes because there are not enough foster carers homes.

We need to recruit more than 30 new foster families by 2027 to provide welcoming homes for local children.

The Foster Wales Monmouthshire team will be out and about in the community, spreading the word about how residents can make a difference to children or young people's lives.

On the 23rd May, we will be hosting an appreciation event to thank our foster carers. The event will be an opportunity for Monmouthshire foster carers to come together and allow us to thank them for all the amazing work they do in providing loving and nurturing homes for children in care.

If you feel you could make a difference to a child's life by offering them a home, or if you want to find out more about fostering for Monmouthshire, contact our team today.

We’d love to hear from people from all different backgrounds. People who could offer a home to babies, siblings, children with additional needs, and teenagers are particularly encouraged to get in touch - however, whatever you feel you could offer, contact us for an initial discussion.

By becoming a foster carer with Foster Wales Monmouthshire, you will help ensure local children and young people stay in their community, close to the people and places that matter to them.
You can contact the team today: https://fosterwales.monmouthshire.gov.uk/contact-us.

Monmouthshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Social Care, Safeguarding and Accessible Health Services, Cllr Ian Chandler, said: "Our foster carers in Monmouthshire and across the country are making a difference to our children's and young people's lives. Our appreciation for what they offer can't be said enough. They provide not only a home but also care and guidance.

"We are now looking for more people to help the Foster Wales Monmouthshire team allow local children and young people to stay in our community. If you believe you can help, please get in touch today. The team will always be with you to provide support and guidance."

The Foster Wales Monmouthshire team will be beside you every step of the way, providing a support network that includes your dedicated social worker, access to on-going training, support groups, buddying and mentoring, access to our psychology and therapy service, out-of-hours support and generous allowances to cover your costs.

Fostering households in Monmouthshire also enjoy many additional benefits, such as free swimming at our MonLife swimming pools, discount cards, and more!

If you want to find out more, you can give us a call, contact us to arrange a home visit or pop into a drop-in session at one of the following locations:
Monday 13th May, 10am - 12pm, Usk Hub/Library
Tuesday 14th May, 10am - 12pm, Gilwern Roots Café
Tuesday 14th May, 2pm - 4pm, Abergavenny Market
Wednesday 15th May, 3pm - 5pm, Monmouth Leisure Centre
Wednesday 15th May, 10am - 2pm, Monmouth Hub/Library
Thursday 16th May, 10am - 2pm, Chepstow Hub/Library
Thursday 16th May, 4pm - 6pm, Chepstow Leisure Centre
Friday 17th May, 10am - 2pm, Caldicot Hub/Library