How can I help?

We need carers of every kind to start fostering in Cardiff, particularly for:

  • Teenagers
  • Disabled children and young people
  • Siblings - We keep families together if we can!
  • Children from black or ethnic minority groups

Can I foster?

The most important factor in becoming a foster carer is your commitment to providing a stable environment for a child or young person.

You can be:

  • Male or female
  • Straight or gay
  • Married or single
  • A parent or have no children of your own
Could I foster?

Information for Cardiff Foster Carers

Keep up to date with news, events and training and development opportunities.


Congratulations Team Foster

Congratulations to Team Foster who were awarded the Official Cardiff Half Marathon Corporate Challenge Trophy last week! Team Foster took out the 2017 Corporate Challenge.. Read More →

Bright Sparks Awards

The 11th Annual Bright Sparks Awards Ceremony took place on October 27th in County Hall. Over 250 people attended the event, which was for the.. Read More →

Running to raise awareness of fostering in Cardiff

A 100-strong team from Cardiff Council will run this year’s Cardiff Half Marathon in distinctive orange T-shirts. The group will be the largest corporate team.. Read More →
Celebrating Foster Carers Long Service

Celebrating Foster Carers Long Service

As part of Foster Care Fortnight, Fostering Services have recognised and awarded foster carers who have provided over twenty years of care to vulnerable children.. Read More →

Fostering benefits

As well as the emotional rewards of providing a safe home for a child or young person, when you foster with us you will be entitled to a range of financial benefits.

These include:

  • Weekly payments
  • Additional allowances
  • Support and free training
Benefits and rewards

Types of foster care

There are many types of fostering arrangements available.

Respite offers a short stay (a few days up to a few weeks) to provide a break for the child’s family or another foster family. This can be planned or an emergency placement.

Find out moreRegister interest

Short term provides foster placements for a few weeks or months (up to 2 years) until difficulties at home are sorted out or alternative plans are made for the child’s future.

Find out moreRegister interest

Long term provides a permanent home for a child, usually an older child, who is unable to return to their birth family. They may or may not keep in touch with their birth families.

Find out moreRegister interest

Supported lodgings provide support for an older child (16 - 21 years old) and provides them with emotional support and a room where they feel safe and secure so that they can deal with the challenges that come with becoming an adult.

Find out moreRegister interest

When I am Ready (WIR) is where a care leaver continues to live with their foster carer after they have reached 18.

Find out moreRegister interest

The Adolescent Resource Centre (ARC) provides intensive support for young people aged 11- 17 years of age, who are at risk of becoming Looked After due to the challenges that they present in the family home and community.

Find out moreRegister interest

Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a close relative for 28 days or more.

Find out moreRegister interest