More than 120 children and young people are living miles away from Swindon, separated from their family and friends.
This is because Swindon Borough Council does not have enough local foster carers who can provide a loving home.
However, the council is hoping to change that by encouraging people to take the first step to see if fostering is for them.
Those able to become a foster carer will never be alone. The council’s Fostering Team will support each foster carer every step of the way and they will become part of the strong network of local foster carers, with access to training and support.
Swindon foster carers are paid up to £708 per child, per week, depending on the carer’s skills and the needs of the child.
Some of the council’s foster carers have spoken of their joy at being able to positively shape a young person’s life.
Foster carer Caroline, 35, said: “It’s a long road but only 10 months in we are seeing a real change in the young person with us. The most rewarding part is seeing the change in the children.
“It’s the little things like when you hear them using your words to another child in a positive way. It’s when you see them becoming a part of the family and feeling comfortable and at home.”
The Fostering Team run regular information sessions to put carers’ minds at ease and to help them find out more about what it's all about. The sessions are relaxed and there is no obligation to continue.
At the sessions, potential foster carers have the chance to meet foster carers and Fostering Team members, and learn at first hand what the role entails.
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