Have you been thinking of a change of career?

Could you make a difference in a child’s life?

Have you ever thought about offering a home to a child?

Do you have a spare bedroom?

Are you aged 21 years and over?

There are many reasons for children not  living with their birth families which can be short or longer term.

There is a wide range of care arrangements that you can become part of including fostering a child, adopting a child or being a supported lodgings host.

Wrexham Council children services are looking for people who share our values and have the qualities to offer the children of Wrexham a safe and caring home to enable them to remain in their community to maintain important  relationships with family, friends and education.  Could you encourage and support children to enjoy their childhood, have lots of fun, create lasting memories,  develop and grow up feeling confident, reaching their full potentials, achieving positive outcomes,  empowered and prepared for adulthood and move onto independent living when they are ready. In some cases young people can remain with their carer until the age of 21 years or 25 years depending on individual circumstances.

We are recruiting for a wide range of carers for children and young people aged 0 to 18 years of age both short term and long term including:

Parent and child.  Could you help a family stay together by being a parent and child foster carer? Parent and child foster carers provide mums and dads either jointly or separately with support to parent their child (sometimes more than one); through positive role modelling, providing a safe and nurturing environment,  empowering parents to establish routines, enhance parenting skills to meet their children’s individual needs.

Adolescence.  Making a difference to young people in their teenage years; supporting to make sense of growing up, learning new skills, developing talents and interest,  taking on more responsibilities, testing out and getting ready for independence and developing individual identity.  Our adolescence need carers who will provide security, boundaries, guidance, resilience, empathy and humour while they prepare for their transition to adulthood.

Children with disabilities. Could you provide specialist care for children with medical needs, physical needs, complex learning needs.  Caring for all children is rewarding, especially children with disabilities, supporting and empowering children and seeing them reach their full potential.  Carers provide short and long term care, including short breaks.  You will be provided with specialist training, ongoing support and advice.

Siblings.  Providing care for siblings to ensure family units stay together is crucial to maintain the specialist bonds between brothers and sisters. The benefits of sibling groups remaining together during the experiences of loss and separation, provides  comfort and reassurance and reduces siblings worrying about their brothers and sisters.  Siblings share a common identity and together they are a support to one another.

Short term. Caring for a child until they can return to their birth family or moving onto alternative long term care arrangement.  The duration of short term care is dependent on individual circumstances and can be from an overnight stay, a few days or several months.

Long term. When it is not possible for children to return to their families for a significant period of time, long term care arrangements are required to provide children with security and consistency of care until adulthood or before depending on individual circumstances.

Respite.  Caring for a child for a specific period of time, i.e. a few days, weekend, during school holidays to support birth families or existing foster carers. 

Supported lodgings.  Could you be a host for young people aged 16 to 21 years who require support, encouragement and guidance to develop skills and confidence in preparation for transitioning to live independently. 

We will provide you with 24/7 support 365 days a year, an allowance and other great benefits, excellent training and ongoing learning opportunities and be with you every step of the way.  You will have the support of a wide range of expertise from  professionals, including foster carers.  You will become part of a caring, enthusiastic, child focussed and fun team who will always be there with the right advice, support and guidance.

We know that you will  have questions that you would like to ask, and we are here to speak with you.  If you would like to talk to the team please contact    01978 295316.  We are more than happy to answer ALL questions and provide more information, including speaking to foster carers to hear their experiences,  to assist you in taking the next step to joining us and being part of something really amazing and supporting our children of Wrexham.

For more information please visit our website or get in contact via email

Email: fostering@wrexham.gov.uk

Website: https://www.wrexham.gov.uk/service/childrens-social-care/fostering