why foster with us?
support and rewards
finance and allowances
As a foster carer with your Foster Wales Newport team, you will receive generous financial allowances. We calculate these based on a number of factors, including the type of fostering you undertake, how many children you foster, and for how long.
For example, right now in Newport there are foster carers who receive £660 per week for fostering 2 children aged 4 and 8 years old.
Did you know there are a number of other perks, too? As a foster carer in Newport, on top of the allowances mentioned above you’ll also get:
- Free tickets to Newport Dragons home games at Rodney Parade
- Free gym and swim access for the whole fostering family
range of support
- Men Who Care – group that offers peer support and is part of the package of extra assistance
- Specialist connection events for Men Who Care
- Mentoring support from experienced local foster carers
- A highly connected support network for children looked after experiencing difficulties in education
- Initial Planning Meetings (IMPs) with foster carers to better understand children’s unique needs
- ‘Connection events’ for foster carers who care for pre-school children, primary school children, secondary school children and 16+ (including free refreshments and free access to soft play area for children)
the foster wales national commitment
And it doesn’t stop there. Alongside each other Local Authority in Wales, we’ve signed up to the National Commitment. This means we agree to provide a set package of rewards, training and support to each and every one of our foster carers. So, like every other Foster Wales foster carer, you will benefit from:
As the Local Authority, we’re all part of one team: foster carers, parents, children in our care and the professionals who guide and support us. Our shared goal is to enrich the lives of the children in our care, and you’re a core part of that mission.
As a part of our team, you are joined with a band of dedicated people. People whose responsibility it is to look after each child and help them stay in their local area. Connection and dedication are what makes this team unique.
learning and development
Being a foster carer is a journey, not a destination. Our support packages exist to help you develop your skills so that you become a confident, highly-capable foster carer. As a result, the children in your care can flourish and lives can be changed for the better.
Every foster carer with Foster Wales Newport benefits from the same training and support, and each has an individual personal learning record and development plan. This plan takes into account all the knowledge and life experience you already bring, as well as charting a course for your growth. We see the progress you make, every day, and create opportunities for the future.
Once you’re paired with a child or young adult, you’ll have our close-knit team on hand to support and encourage you both. You’ll never be left out on your own as we’ll put you in touch with an experienced social worker who will support and advise you.
You’ll also have access to a range of local support groups made up of other foster carers and care professionals. This is a fantastic opportunity to share experiences, talk, and listen to each other
We also offer professional support too for whenever you need it, even outside normal office hours. We’re dedicated to working as a team at every point, meaning we’ll be on hand whenever you need us.
From specialised support groups for specialist foster carers, to men-specific meet-ups, you’ll find new communities of foster carers like you, looking to make a difference.
We also offer a number of social support networks in Newport too. You can meet and share your unique experiences with other foster carers and begin new, powerful friendships with people in the local community.
On top of this, there is a wealth of advice and information online that you can access at any time as a Foster Wales foster carer.
Foster Wales pays for membership to The Association for Fostering and Adoption (AFA) and The Fostering Network (TFN). These are specialist fostering organisations that offer private advice, guidance, support and many more rewards.
shaping the future
Every child in our care needs foster care for their own individual reasons. We embrace their individual stories, but we’re not ruled by the past. Instead, we think the most important thing is looking forward – to a brighter future and new experiences. Your role as a foster parent is to help us shape what comes next, and to help children reach their full potential.
We value you and because of this, we make sure your voice is always heard – locally, regionally and nationally. We ask for your views and input when it comes to making changes, and we keep in touch through newsletters and updates. After all, we’re in this together.