Service boosts fostering targets
FOSTER Swansea has nearly doubled its yearly recruitment targets for foster parents.
Since April last year 17 households became fostering homes, with another 25 set to be approved before the end of March.
The service has been running a recruitment drive across the city. The campaign, called Make a World of Difference and Foster, aims to raise awareness.
The drive has targeted those who are able to take care of children over the age of ten and sibling groups.
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Swansea Council's cabinet member for Wellbeing, Mark Child, said it was important to increase the number of people fostering "in-house" with Swansea Social Services, to avoid placing children with Independent Fostering Agency carers.
Mr Child said: "Children placed in-house often experience better outcomes, receiving less placement breakdowns and are more likely to remain local."
Foster Swansea is now significantly ahead of the national average for converting fostering inquiries into actual applications.
Kelly Lewis, Business Development Manager at Foster Swansea, said: "Since October 2012, 63 children and young people were referred to Swansea Council as needing a foster family.
"Thanks to the success of the campaign, we were able to place 55 of those children in-house.
"Three have since returned to Foster Swansea placements."