How can I help?

We need carers of every kind to start fostering in Cardiff, particularly for:

  • Teenagers
  • Disabled children and young people
  • Siblings - We keep families together if we can!
  • Children from black or ethnic minority groups

Can I foster?

The most important factor in becoming a foster carer is your commitment to providing a stable environment for a child or young person.

You can be:

  • Male or female
  • Straight or gay
  • Married or single
  • A parent or have no children of your own
Could I foster?

Our Foster Carers

Keep up to date with news, events and training and development opportunities.

24Aug

100 Runners support our Fostering Service!

The Cardiff Council Fostering Team has been overwhelmed by the amazing response to their request for colleagues across the Council to join the Cardiff Half.. Read More →
09May

Confidence in Care Training Programme

The second cohort of Cardiff Council Foster Carers and Supervising Social Workers completed the twelve-week ‘Confidence in Care’ course in April. The evidence based programme,.. Read More →
08May

Male Foster Carers Support Group

I recently attended as an observer the City of Cardiff Fostering Services first male carers support group. This is a support group that has been.. Read More →

Fostering benefits

As well as the emotional rewards of providing a safe home for a child or young person, when you foster with us you will be entitled to a range of financial benefits.

These include:

  • Weekly payments
  • Additional allowances
  • Support and free training
Benefits and rewards

Types of foster care

There are many types of fostering arrangements available.

Respite offers a short stay (a few days up to a few weeks) to provide a break for the child’s family or another foster family. This can be planned or an emergency placement.

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Short term provides foster placements for a few weeks or months (up to 2 years) until difficulties at home are sorted out or alternative plans are made for the child’s future.

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Long term provides a permanent home for a child, usually an older child, who is unable to return to their birth family. They may or may not keep in touch with their birth families.

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Supported lodgings provide support for an older child (16 - 21 years old) and provides them with emotional support and a room where they feel safe and secure so that they can deal with the challenges that come with becoming an adult.

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When I am Ready (WIR) is where a care leaver continues to live with their foster carer after they have reached 18.

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The Adolescent Resource Centre (ARC) provides intensive support for young people aged 11- 17 years of age, who are at risk of becoming Looked After due to the challenges that they present in the family home and community.

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Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a close relative for 28 days or more.

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