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Have you ever thought about becoming a foster carer? Maybe reading this has sparked an interest?

On Wednesday, July 24, Fostering RCT will be hosting a brand new event called ‘Find Out About Fostering’, giving you the opportunity to put any questions you have about fostering, or becoming a foster carer, to experienced fostering professionals in a relaxed, honest and welcoming environment.

As well as professionals, current Fostering RCT carers will be on hand to discuss their experiences and how becoming a foster carer has changed their lives, so you have all the information you need to decide whether opening your home to look after a child or children is right for you.

Time and time again, existing carers say that the decision to foster is the most rewarding choice they have ever made, and wish they had done it sooner. Taking that first step is often the biggest hurdle for someone to overcome, but Fostering RCT are there every step of the way. 

Becoming a foster carer is a big decision for people, but it can be incredibly rewarding. Providing a safe and supportive home to children and young people provides them with the stability they need to achieve their goals, and reach their full potential as they grow older.

Currently, there are almost 700 children and young people across Rhondda Cynon Taf who are in the care of the Local Authority. Unfortunately, this number is growing year on year and there is a need for more people living in Rhondda Cynon Taf to become foster carers for Fostering RCT, and help to change the lives of children and young people.

Fostering RCT will be ready to welcome anyone interested in fostering from 4.00pm at The Heritage Park Hotel, Coedcae Road, Pontypridd, CF37 2NP.

There is no set agenda, so people can drop-in at a time convenient to them until 7.00pm. This is a relaxed event where you can spend as much time as you want chatting with a range of experienced foster carers and the Fostering RCT support team.

If you’re thinking about fostering for the first time or are an existing carer with another fostering agency but thinking about a change, then Fostering RCT would love to welcome you to this event.

Councillor Christina Leyshon, Cabinet Member for Children & Young People, said: “Foster Carers across Rhondda Cynon Taf provide a vital service to some of our most vulnerable children and young people.

“Providing a supportive and stable home to those in our care can provide our children and young people with an environment where they can flourish and give them the opportunity to reach their full potential and succeed in later life. Fostering is incredibly rewarding - it shows children the joy of a stable family life, while making lots of fun memories.

“The carers of Fostering RCT are aged from 21 to their late 70s. Some are married, some are single. Some are gay, some are straight. Some own their own homes, some don't. Many love sport and beach life while others love walking, travelling and reading. Each and every carer is different, but they all share a 100 percent commitment to the wellbeing of the child or children in their care - for as long as they stay.

“Our existing foster carers have said that they would have really benefitted from an event like this before they started to foster, so don’t miss out on this opportunity. Fostering does really change lives, and I encourage anyone who is thinking about it to visit the Fostering RCT team to find out more.”

If you cannot make it to the event, you can find lots of information on the new website www.fostercwmtaf.co.uk, calling the Fostering RCT team on 01443 425007 (from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday) or you can like Fostering RCT on Facebook – just search for Fostering RCT.

Posted on Friday 19th July 2019

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