Calon Cymru Fostering
Who is Calon Cymru Fostering?
Calon Cymru is a specialist fostering agency with over 25 years of experience in supporting foster carers across the South and West of Wales. Our well-established locally based teams are committed to providing stable and nurturing homes to children and young people who are unable to live with their birth family.
We provide specialist training and 24/7 support to our exceptional team of foster carers and their families to help encourage positive relationships and improved outcomes for the vulnerable children and young people that come into our care.
We have an excellent long-standing relationship with our local authority partners and a proven reputation for providing foster child and foster care-focused services. We have a growing presence in South and West Wales, with offices in both Cardiff and Carmarthen.
Why foster with Calon Cymru Fostering?
Excellent foster carers are at the heart of successful fostering. We invest in you to become the best foster carer, delivering the highest level of support and positive outcomes for the children that come into your care.
Becoming a foster carer is a big step, and you’ll want to know that you have an experienced, friendly, and supportive team around you at all times. We are owned by social workers passionate about improving the lives of the children looked after, which influences how we are run.
Whilst we know that fostering is rewarding and fulfilling, we also understand that it can be challenging. That is why we have a dedicated social work team, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to support you. Your supervising social worker will be available to offer in-person support through regular visits and will check in on your progress with frequent phone calls.
From your initial enquiry, we are with you every step of the way, supporting you on your fostering journey. This doesn’t stop when you become a carer, you’ll have a dedicated social worker and a team of support workers, we’re there when you need us.
Our team has supported foster carers in Wales for more than 25 years, enabling them to help children and young people become happy, independent, and confident individuals.
When you join Calon Cymru Fostering you will benefit from…
- Exceptional support, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- The backing of a friendly, well-established, close-knit and long-serving team.
- Comprehensive and ongoing training to ensure you’re confident to step up to the challenge.
- Access to a local support network that includes social activities, support groups and buddy carers.
- We provide opportunities to become a specialist foster carer and work in one of our specialisms such as therapeutic-led care or parent and child fostering.
- Local offices with friendly staff who are focused on achieving the best outcomes for children.
- Paid respite, a competitive foster carer allowance and a great package of benefits.
What our carers say
We are frequently told that our carers choose us and stay with us because they feel involved in the running of our agency, and we always ensure they have a voice. In addition, our local teams of social workers and support workers guarantee we’re always there for every one of our carers.
“Fostering to me means giving someone a stepping stone and a chance for them to integrate into society. Giving someone a chance to love, support and to break the cycle. Seeing a baby leave our home that we know is safe is very rewarding.
Calon Cymru are very supportive, they are always on hand to help, the level of support is amazing. You feel appreciated by everyone there including the Director, Sharon and it’s really very rewarding to be part of such a nice team”.
David & Linzi Myers, Foster Carers
Read more from foster carer Erin Rose here: https://www.caloncymrufostering.co.uk/advice/fostering-stories/new-foster-placements
Calon Cymru Foster Carer Insights
Meet David and Lindzi Myers who are Parent & Child foster carers and offer insights into their journey with and experiences at Calon Cymru Fostering.
Meet Terry Rice, who recently transferred to Calon Cymru Fostering but has 18 years of fostering experience with his partner in a same-sex relationship.
Training, education and personal development with Calon Cymru Fostering
Calon Cymru Fostering is committed to providing our foster carers with sector-leading training to give every child the best possible care and achieve the best outcomes.
We consider the training and development of our foster carers as a vital part of their time with us, and we help every foster carer achieve this. Providing our foster carers with a comprehensive training suite is a key priority for Calon Cymru Fostering.
We want to inspire you in both your personal and professional development and equip you to face the challenges of caring for and improving the life chances of our young people.
All new foster carers must attend an introduction to fostering course with our Learning & Development Manager within one month of approval and complete the Social Care Wales Induction Framework for foster carers within their first year.
We recognise that individuals have different learning styles, and here at Calon Cymru Fostering we provide training in different forms:
- Face to face.
- Reflective practice.
Read more about the training we offer our carers here- https://www.caloncymrufostering.co.uk/advice/training-and-support
Transfer to us
Are you looking for a change to your current fostering arrangements? Consider switching to Calon Cymru Fostering, one of the leading independent agencies in South and West Wales.
We operate from two local offices in Cardiff and Carmarthen and have social workers based throughout the region, ensuring easy access to our teams and specialist training delivered locally.
The benefits of transferring to Calon Cymru Fostering
- Your own dedicated social worker and a team of support workers supporting and working with you.
- Our social work team is available to support you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- A foster carer ‘buddy’ – one of our existing carers who’s already been through the process to support and advise you as you need.
- Regular training and support to boost your knowledge, skills and confidence.
- We offer a competitive allowance and benefits packages for all our carers.
- Our carer-led initiatives include regular support groups and activities for all carers.
The process of transferring to Calon Cymru Fostering is discussed individually and takes, on average, around 3-4 months. Your current fostering agency is obliged to provide a range of information as part of the transfer, including access to your existing file. This helps reduce the time before you are ready to be registered with us.
We are fully committed to ensuring the transfer process is as smooth and efficient as possible with minimum disruption to foster carers and any existing placements they may have.
What areas do Calon Cymru Fostering cover?
Calon Cymru Fostering is based in the south of Wales and covers:
- Blaenau Gwent
- Rhondda Cynon Taf
- Merthyr Tydfil
- Vale of Glamorgan
- Neath Port Talbot
Why not contact with Calon Cymru Fostering for an informal and confidential chat about a new career in fostering?
Not in Wales?
Calon Cymru Fostering is part of BSN Social Care, a family of independent foster agencies all with a shared vision and ethos, all delivering the same high-quality environment for their foster carers and the children they look after.
Locations covered by Nexus Fostering:
Unity Foster Care
- South Yorkshire
- County Durham
Blue Sky Fostering
- Devon & Cornwall
- Dorset & Hampshire
- West Sussex and Surrey
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