We’re looking for warm, caring people who want to make a difference to a child’s life in Wales.

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Our fostering service throughout South and North Wales provides safe and loving foster homes for children and young people aged 0 to 18 years.

While their age can vary, most of our foster children are aged six and over. We often need to find homes for teenagers and older children.

We’ll talk to you about the type of fostering available, taking your preferences and skills into account. As a charity, our priority is finding the right placement for children and young people.

Types of fostering in Wales

This could last for many years and into adulthood.

Action for Children Fostering will be with you all the way, supporting you emotionally, financially, and with regular training. We offer 24/7, year-round support with a dedicated, qualified social worker.

Many of our foster carers give children a long term home until they’re ready to live on their own.

Some young people stay with their foster family into adulthood, whether they study or work. This is what we call “staying put”. We want children to feel part of a family.

Short breaks are about looking after a child or young people for a few days, usually on a regular basis. They enable a family or a full-time foster parent to rest and have a break.

We recruit foster families to care for children with disabilities on weekends or for holidays. These specialist services run in the Swansea and the Neath and Port Talbot areas.

Typically lasting around three months, this type of fostering involves safeguarding and supporting babies and young children whose parents are unable to safely care for them without help.

The parent(s), who can be teenagers or adults ranging from 18 to 40+, live with you during this time and care for the child under your observation and with your help.

This is a very different role from other types of fostering and is offered in only some of our services.

You receive additional training and support. Our current specialist carers have told us it can be extremely rewarding.

We’d be happy to talk to you if you wish to explore this further.

This can be for a short term emergency or a long term home.

Our foster carers provide the security and safety of a loving home to children and young people who are waiting for an asylum application decision.

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Short break services

Short breaks enable children to enjoy a safe and meaningful experience with another family. And will give their family a much-needed break to recharge their batteries.

Who we're looking for

Foster parents come from all walks of life. To foster, you will need to be at least 25 years old and have a spare bedroom.

You’ll have to be compassionate, understanding, and good with children. We’re looking for people who have time to give to a child who may have experienced difficulties in their life.

Support and training

  • 24-hour support, with a supervising social worker and a foster parent helpline.
  • Extensive training and clear guidance.
  • Support groups and a buddy system for new foster parents.
  • Breaks when you need them.
  • Events and activities throughout the year.
  • Competitive fees and allowances and a range of benefits and discounts.

Our services take an attachment-based approach, from assessment of foster parents through to support of children. We have an art space for fun and creativity, and a therapeutic space for children to recover from trauma.

Service details

Service Name:

Fostering in Wales

Service Type: Fostering

Phone: 01633 270422

Email: [email protected]

Download our Bilingual Statement of Purpose (Welsh)