Fostering in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Could you imagine being a Fostering RCT carer? Do you think you know what it would be like to care for a child who cannot live with their birth family?

What could you bring to Fostering? Find out more from the men and women who are already fostering the children of Rhondda Cynon Taf.

CASE STUDY #1
Lynda Coomber

My husband and I started fostering after our own children had moved out. We are now raising the girls we have in our care alongside our own grandchildren.

It’s something I always wanted to do and my only regret is not doing it sooner. Fostering is something that works for us as a family. Our own children and grandchildren really support us.

We have fostered many children, from newborn babies to teenagers and none of them has had significantly different needs from our own sons and daughters when they were their age.

All children want to feel is safe, loved and supported. The fact they have been taken into care means they are not receiving the care they need, which can affect their behaviour and confidence.

You receive so much training at the beginning of your fostering journey, which enables you to understand why a child may display a certain pattern of behaviour, so you can confidently help them.

We have had some cases that were complicated but, most of the time, it is amazing what love, kindness and consistency can achieve.

Lynda Coomber

CASE STUDY #2
Matthew and Tracy
Lockyer

We converted a house to create lots of space so we could foster children. We want to keep siblings together. Often brothers and sisters who are at risk only have each other as a support network and that should not be taken off of them, they need each other and we are in a position to help.

Our first placement after we were approved was a group of five brothers and sisters and we have not looked back since.

People often think children are brought into foster care because of something they have done, or the behaviour they display but, actually, it is often the case that mam and dad are struggling, through ill physical or mental health and need that support.

It brings so much fun and love into our home and our favourite times have been when we have been able to reunite the children with their mam and dad, when it is right to do so, or help them bond with a new, adoptive family.

Matthew and Tracy Lockyer

CASE STUDY #3
John and Joy Crosby

Even though we are both well past retirement age, we still love caring for newborn babies – sometimes more than one!

Yes we do the night feeds and Joy is known to spend hours at a time in special baby care units, bonding with the infants who will eventually come to live with us when they are well enough to be discharged.

A key part of our fostering is working with mums and dads so they can, eventually, get their babies back. While we are fostering the baby, we are also caring for mum and dad, giving them the confidence to undertake basic tasks and just supporting them as they prepare for the return of the baby.

John and Joy Crosby

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01443 341122 or email FosterCare@rctcbc.gov.uk

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