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Foster carers thanked at appreciation lunch

Foster carers thanked at appreciation lunch

Foster carers at the appreciation lunch

Dedicated foster carers from across Rhondda Cynon Taf have been thanked for their tireless efforts, at a special appreciation lunch.

Around 70 foster carers joined staff from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Foster Care team for a Christmas lunch at the Heritage Park Hotel, Trehafod. Awards were presented on the day to carers for 10, 15, 20 and 25 years’ service. Awards were also given to carers who have successfully recommended others to become foster carers, and to carers who achieved their QCF Level 3.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Cabinet Member for Children’s Social Services, Cllr Annette Davies; Director of Social Services at the Council, Ellis Williams and Service Director Andrew Gwynn presented the awards.

Cllr Davies said: "We are very grateful to our many foster carers in Rhondda Cynon Taf and this special event gave us an opportunity to thank everybody.

"Fostering is a demanding but hugely fulfilling career. With over 600 children in various types of care, our Foster Care Service continually needs more foster carers and we would welcome more people who are considering fostering to get in touch with the team in 2014."

There are a variety of foster care schemes available in Rhondda Cynon Taf, from short term, long term and respite placements, and the Foster Care Service works closely with foster carers to find a scheme suitable to both them and the young person they care for.

All carers receive professional support and training including first aid, child protection and fire safety, with the chance to secure formal qualifications in childcare. Foster carers receive good fees and allowances, and free leisure access for all the family.

Carers will have access to support 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a social worker allocated to both the carer and child alike. To find out more about how to become a foster carer, please contact the Council’s Fostering Team on 0800 085 26 35.

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