why foster with us?
support and rewards
finance and allowances
Becoming a foster carer with our team at Foster Wales Neath Port Talbot, means you’ll also receive some competitive financial allowances. These will be based on a number of factors like the type of fostering you offer, how many children or young people you’re caring for, and for how long.
Foster carers within Neath Port Talbot receive different levels of payment dependent on factors like these. For example, a placement of two older teenagers would provide an allowance of £795.00 per week.
There are many more benefits to being a foster carer too. As well as the emotional reward and the ongoing support mentioned already, you’ll also get:
- Access to our therapeutic team (based within The Fostering Service), including a psychologist.
- Access to IT equipment through our E-Care project.
- Length of service recognition awards.
- Membership for the fostering household to our local Celtic Leisure facilities.
- Access to the Neath Port Talbot Foster Carer Association.
the foster wales national commitment
On top of these benefits, if you join Foster Wales, you’ll benefit from a nationwide program of training, rewards and ongoing support which all 22 Local Authorities have signed up to. This is called the National Commitment.
Joining us means you’ll benefit from:
Our Foster Wales Neath Port Talbot team work as one unit with you and everyone involved in the lives of our foster children, as a complete service. It means consistency and expertise where it’s needed most.
Working as one team means joining forces to achieve what’s ultimately best for children in our community too, working towards a brighter future for them all.
learning and development
If you choose to become a carer with us, you’ll also sign up to continuous learning and development as our framework includes an extensive training plan. Developing your knowledge and experience is an integral part of being a foster carer so we make it easy for you to continue learning.
You’ll have access to all the tools and training you’ll need to make sure you can meet the needs of each child in your care.
To keep on top of your ongoing development, we’ll create a personal learning record which will help you document your own journey to this point. These skills are highly transferable, benefitting you for the rest of your life.
Joining our Foster Wales Neath Port Talbot team means you’ll never be alone. You’ll always have our ongoing support to help encourage you at each point.
You’ll have a team of professional and experienced social workers, as well as dedicated foster carers to help you and your foster family.
We’ll also connect you to a range of support groups locally to share foster experiences, meet fellow carers and listen to their stories too. Peer support is an important part of the service we offer and lets you build life-long friendships with like-minded people who are committed to the same journey as you.
As well as a range of new communities, we’ll also offer you professional support, anytime you need. We’re here to help you 24/7, as we know foster care doesn’t stop after the working day. Our team is just as dedicated as you are to ensure the best possible level of care and commitment to the children in our local community.
Community is everything to us at Foster Wales. You’ll be invited to local events, regular activities and other meet-ups that will bring you closer with other carers and children.
We’ll also pay for a membership to both the The Fostering Network (TFN) and the Association for Fostering and Adoption (AFA) Cymru. We really believe these are the best fostering organisations to offer extensive advice, guidance and support as well as a whole range of other benefits.
shaping the future
Our team believes in focusing on the present and a brighter future for every young person in care, not the past. As a foster carer you’ll become a vital part of the present and future of a child in your care.
We’ll also make sure your voice is heard on a local, regional and even national level, involving you in the decision making for Foster Wales and all future processes we create. We want our carers to tell us what life is like as a foster parent and keep us informed.
You’ll also be kept up to date with regular news and information from the wider industry.