Summer is here and the men and women of Fostering RCT are getting ready to do what they do best – making memories and encouraging smiles and laughter.
There are 680 babies, children and young people in Rhondda Cynon Taf who, through no fault of their own, are unable to live with their birth families.
This is where the Fostering RCT carers step in, opening their homes, hearts and families to the children for as long as is needed.
In many cases, the foster carers work with social workers, teachers, other professionals and the birth family to return the child or children to their home if and when it is appropriate to do so.
In other situations, they work to introduce a child to their adoptive family or the child remains in foster care until they are old enough to live independently.
It can be a difficult job but, as Fostering RCT carers confirm, it is also one of the most rewarding things you can do. Each of them is 100 per cent committed to do what is right and needed for the wellbeing of the child or children in their care.
But being an essential part of the professional approach to ensuring every child has a safe, secure and stable upbringing does not mean it is all work and no play!
Summers at Fostering RCT are filled with trips to the caravan and the beach – some of the children in our care have never seen either before and the carers have as much fun as the children in the sun.
There are also lazy days packed with reading, colouring and arts and crafts, as well as lots of exploring of the beautiful countryside in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Of course there are bikes, scooters, pets, holidays, games and much much more.
As you prepare for summer, whether you have children or not, think about if you could become a foster carer.
There is no set criteria – all we ask is that you are over the age of 21 and have a spare room to accommodate the child.
Our foster carers come from all walks of life. Some are married, some are single. Some are gay, some are straight. Some own their own home, some don’t.
They age in range from 21 to their late seventies and each and every foster home has its own lifestyle, hobbies, interests and approaches to foster care.
It is because our carers are all so different that we are able to place the children of Rhondda Cynon Taf in a home that meets their needs the best.
You have nothing to lose by finding out more.
Get in touch
Visit www.fosteringrct.co.uk or call 01443 341122 for your free, no obligation information pack. You can also search for and like Fostering RCT on Facebook to meet more of our carers and learn more.