Thank you to our foster carers, we clap for you

148 days ago

A big heartfelt thank you is being sent to foster carers across Carmarthenshire for everything they do to help our most vulnerable children – particularly during this coronavirus pandemic.

The council wants to pay tribute to all its amazing foster carers for the continued care and support they are providing to our children and young people.

This is a challenging and unsettling time for us all not least those who are involved in looking after children in foster care.

The high standards of care and resilience being shown in all our foster care placements is remarkable, and despite feeling concerned themselves about the current situation, they are helping their children to feel safe and secure and finding creative and inventive ways to support and educate them at home.

One of our families has set up a ‘French’ style camp in their back garden because their children were unable to go on holiday, and others have helped their children to build a polytunnel to grow their own veg and create a fairy garden.

Foster carers like Teresa Jones and her family are supporting the NHS by sewing laundry bags and masks.

And all the foster family children up and down the county have been drawing rainbows and displaying them in their windows as a reminder to everyone to stay positive.

Our foster carers and their families are what the council’s SirGâredig campaign is all about – sharing kindness in our communities.

Executive Board Member for Education and Children Cllr Glynog Davies said: “Our foster carers are truly amazing, and continue to be so throughout this crisis.

“We want to show our appreciation and gratitude for everything they do. Being a foster carer is not an easy job, but it is extremely rewarding, and it really does change a young person’s life.

“So, to all our amazing foster carers thank you, we clap for you and I hope everyone else will join us and clap for you and the remarkable job you do.”

Foster Care Fortnight is taking place between May 11 – 24 to raise awareness of and celebrate the transformational power of fostering.

The campaign showcases the commitment, passion and dedication of foster carers and also highlights the need for more foster carers.

Thousands of new foster families are needed every year to care for children, particularly older children, sibling groups, disabled children and asylum-seeking children.

During Foster Care Fortnight, our fostering team can usually be seen out and about in Carmarthenshire with mascot Cal the Bear, organising lots of different events and activities to get involved with.

This year, due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, we will be focusing our activities online, but there are still lots of ways to get involved. Look out and share our social media posts, visit our website and help spread the message to friends and family.

For more information on fostering please visit the Foster Mid and West Wales website, email fostering@carmarthenshire.gov.uk or call 0800 0933 699.

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