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Were looking for foster carers as diverse and vibrant as Cardiff’s young people themselves.

Welcome to the home of Fostering in Cardiff!

Cardiff Council is proud to be a corporate parent to all of Cardiff’s fantastic fostered children and young people.

In taking the time to visit our page today, you’re already on your way to using your skills, knowledge and expertise to help enrich and improve the lives of Cardiff’s children and young people.

Hopefully today starts the beginning of your journey towards becoming a Foster Carer with Cardiff Council.


On behalf of everyone here in Children’s services, welcome to the Cardiff Council Fostering Family!

Could I foster?

Cardiff needs foster carers!

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?

If you can provide a stable environment for a child or young person - you can foster.

You can be:

  • Male or female
  • Straight or LGBT+
  • Married or single
  • A parent or have no children of your own

Upcoming events

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Fostering Payments and Support

  • 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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