Children and young people of all ages and backgrounds need foster care when it is not possible for them to live with family members or friends.
Because of a shortage of foster carers in Wales there are occasions when Newport children in care have to be placed elsewhere or with fostering agencies.
Foster carers are needed for:
- temporary fostering, from an overnight stay to a few months
- permanent fostering
- respite care for families needing a regular or one off break
- supported lodgings with guidance and support from a responsible adult for a group of young people.
Please join Newport's foster carers so that more children can stay in their local area.
- you will need room to look after a child, whether your home is a flat or house, owned or rented.
- you need to be able to open your heart and home to a child or young person and provide a good standard of care in a safe and secure environment.
- you need to be flexible to meet a child’s needs and be able to support them through any difficulties they may have.
- you can be married or single, in a same sex relationship, in your 20’s or 60’s, have your own children or not.
- patience, tolerance and a good sense of humour are essential!
The only people who would not be considered are those who have been convicted of an offence against children or a violent crime.
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made and we will request medical and local authority checks as well as employment and personal references.
The children range from 0-18 years and vary in their personalities and needs.
We respect a child’s racial, religious, linguistic and cultural backgrounds when placing them with a foster family, as well as ensuring that their health and ability needs are met.
When you make a fostering enquiry we will discuss what age child you can best support and over what period of time.
Support for foster carers
A fostering officer will be assigned to support you and the child will have their own social worker.
There will always be someone available to give advice or discuss concerns.
You will receive pre-approval training during the assessment period which runs for two consecutive Saturdays (9:30am - 4:30pm) and covers issues such as child safety and managing challenging behaviour.
2018 foster carer training
27 and 28 June, 6.30pm - 8.30pm: Secure base
3, 10 and 17 July: Confidence in care
12 and 13 July, 10am - 2.30pm: Wisekids internet safety
12 September, 6pm - 9pm: Safer caring
26 and 27 September, 10am - 2pm: Paediatric first aid training
7 November, 10am - 2pm: Recording and reporting
15 November, 9.30am - 2.30pm: Secure base
Following approval other training will be made available to you.
Download Newport City Council Fostering statement of purpose (pdf)
Download Newport City Council Fostering service smoking policy (pdf)