Improving the future for Wrexham’s children
Foster a local child today, to help keep children in their local area, in their local schools with their friendship groups and near their family for contact.
We are looking for a variety of different people to foster the children of Wrexham, through emergency, short term, and long term placements. We need foster carers for children, including those with disabilities, adolescents, sibling groups, and parent and child placements. You could offer family homes to Wrexham’s children, who need your time, love and patience.
Find out more
You can find information about fostering in Wrexham on this webpage. If you’re interested in fostering and would like to find out more, you can pop along to one of our open evenings or send us a quick enquiry using our online form.
Fostering enquiry form
We will be holding virtual open events via Zoom on the following dates:
December 9 2020, 5:30pm
Please contact our fostering team for more information.
Frequently asked questions about fostering
Can I foster?
To become a foster carer you must be at least 21 years old; you’ll also need to have a spare bedroom and the right values.
Some people may not be sure whether they’ll be able to foster due to certain circumstances (e.g. being single or working full time). If you’re unsure you can read stories from foster carers in different circumstances that we have approved.
How long does it take to become a foster carer?
The assessment process takes 6 months to become approved as a foster carer.
Do I get paid?
You receive an allowance to help cover the costs that come with looking after a child/young person. You can also receive a skills payment by completing additional training and qualifications.
Am I too old to foster?
Age is just a number, our foster carers in Wrexham range from 21 to 80 years old. We are looking for someone with caring qualities to give Wrexham’s young people the best possible life, multiple opportunities, support and devotion.
I am a single foster carer for Wrexham Council and find fostering very rewarding. It can be tricky on my own sometimes but I have a good support system around me (my family and friends). I also have a social worker dedicated to me and one to the young person who lives with me, they help me a lot.
“I work full time”
My partner and I work full time but fostering fits in with my busy life, I offer short stays for children at weekends and in the holidays. We have two children that come to stay once a month and we have built up a great relationship with them and look forward to fun filled weekends when they are with us.
“I have children of my own”
Two years ago I had two children of my own, since our foster child has come to live with us, we now have 3 children. They are a part of our family. There was an adjustment period at the start and we had a lot of conversations with our two children before we enquired to become foster carers. They treat each other as siblings who have known each other their whole life.
“I am in rented accommodation”
I rent my home and didn’t have any problems becoming a foster carer, you just need to have a spare room for the child. It takes a special kind of person to foster, you need to be patient, caring, supportive and fun.
In the following video one of our foster carers describes their experience with fostering and the support they have received.
Foster carer experience text transcript
This is a transcription of speech from a video of a Wrexham Council foster carer, describing their experience with fostering and the support they have received. A visual description is not needed as the visuals in the video do not provide additional information.
Hi, my name is Alison and I am a foster carer for Wrexham County Borough Council. I am nearly 52 years old. I'm single I have two grown-up sons and the third son who was looking towards going off to University shortly. I found I still had an awful lot to give a lot of love to give and wanted it to count, make a difference and count for something. So that's what made me contact the council to become a foster carer.
From the moment I made contact I have been 100% supported by the fostering team in Wrexham. They are an incredible bunch of people, they are so experienced and nothing is too big. Nothing is too silly. Nothing is too small for them that they can't help you with. From the recruitment process through to the application process even up to going up to panel you are never left on your own you are 100% supported.
There are lots of different types of fostering out there, I currently work full time, so I do respite and emergency foster care as I am unable to foster full time. I began to think maybe I'm a little bit too old or maybe I maybe that’s not enough just to be able to do the odd bits here and there but I quickly had my mind put at ease from the fostering team. There is always a need for so many different types of fostering. So if anybody wants to put themselves forward there is always a need. I want to encourage you, no matter what your circumstances are where you find yourself in life right now, there's always something that you can do.
As I said the support is always there 100% the team are so friendly and there's always somebody in end of a phone or at the end of an email to help you with anything that you need to support with or help with. Training is provided or for you free of charge. And that training has been really great. The resources they use are fantastic. And one of the things I got out of it above and beyond was that I made friends in the fostering training. It's great to have fostering friends and I still in contact with them now we chat regularly even in lockdown we have even been able to do some training which is online. Okay it's a different way, but it's great, it’s manageable, and then you talk it through with your supervising social worker afterwards. I must say the supervisor social worker is your social worker once you approved. They are just worth their weight in gold always there and that’s really good to have somebody who's your first port of call when you need that immediate answer or you need to know something sooner rather than later and they always get back to you as quickly as they can.
The training is really great. I really enjoyed it; I've not felt it was too much I was not I didn’t feel it was to overwhelmed by it all. There is mandatory training and there’s optional training, but there's always things that you can keep furthering your development in fostering. And also they send out regular newsletters, so you know what's going on if there's something new out there for foster carers to take advantage of then it's all laid out there for you and networking is a very key part too, even in lockdown. We've still managed to get together we've had virtual coffee catch ups which have been really good. I've really enjoyed them where we have different social workers and different foster carers each week just chatting and sharing things they’ve learnt, sharing little tips. It's really been useful and I'm really looking forward to enjoying those as they carry on.
And I just wanted to encourage you if you are even just a little bit interested in fostering. I want to encourage you to please pick up the phone or email the fostering team. You will not regret it because you have absolutely nothing to lose but everything to gain in return, the reward for fostering I found has been enormous. There are ups and there are downs, but even the downs were only short-lived for a little while and you're never left on your own throughout those you are supported 100% but the reward of making a difference in a young person's life whether you have them for a few days for a week, longer or longer term. You will always be making a difference even if you can't see it.
So I just want to encourage you today, make a difference in your world today and I look forward to seeing you around on the fostering network. Bye.
Benefits of being a foster carer for Wrexham Council
Once you become a foster carer you will be provided with guidance and advice from your designated social worker.
You’ll also be able to get involved and stay up to date with fostering in Wrexham through...
- Monthly coffee mornings - where you can meet with other foster carers
- Monthly newsletters - these will inform you about events, celebrations and opportunities
- The Christmas party - celebrate Christmas with other foster carers, children and young people
- Awards evenings - these have been set up to celebrate the achievements of foster carers and young people
You’ll receive an allowance to cover the costs of raising a child (including for clothing, food and transport).
The following financial benefits are also offered to our foster carers:
Council Tax reduction scheme
We are offering a 75% Council Tax reduction for all approved foster carers who have offered placements to children within the previous tax year (the scheme was introduced from April 1, 2020).
All foster carers who live within Wrexham County Borough will receive a revised bill with the 75% reduction applied.
For foster carers who live outside of the borough we require a copy of their Council Tax demand. The 75% reduction will then be applied and they will receive a payment for this amount.
The offer applies to generic and kinship (connected persons) foster carers who have been approved through Wrexham.
All foster carers will receive a Max Card, providing access to discounts on lots of activities (at participating venues across the UK).
You can also receive a ‘skills payment’ by completing additional training and qualifications.
Pre-approval training (Skills to Foster Training)
This is a three day training course before you become a foster carer. The course is designed to help you understand what to expect from the fostering process and whether fostering is the right choice for you.
Post approval training
You will receive annual training such as safeguarding and pediatric first aid, as well as extra training to help you understand needs of children specific to your individual circumstances.
Fostering Friendly employer
We (Wrexham Council) are now a fostering friendly employer. This means our employees who foster for Wrexham will be entitled to an extra 5 days annual leave to attend meetings, training and as part of supporting the placement.
What are the typical timescales for the process of becoming a foster carer?
The fostering process
|Timescale||Stage||What this means for you||What our fostering service does|
|Day 1||Enquiry||Call, email, submit online enquiry or attend open evening||Receive information and application pack|
|Day 2||Phone call/Initial visit||Discuss fostering, ask any questions and discuss expectation etc.||Recruitment officer to visit to explain everything about fostering|
|Within 1st month||Application||Complete application form||Process application and create on our internal systems|
|Within 1st month||Complete relevant checks||All the information will be taken from your submitted application form||Send off for check, e.g. probation, mental health, references|
|Within 1st month||DBS application||Complete forms||Verify documents|
|Within 5 months (can be quicker)||Skills to Foster Training||Attend and learn about what you need to expect from fostering||Deliver training, we run these every few months|
|Within 5 months (can be quicker)||Form F assessment||In-depth assessment to look at your suitability to become a foster carer||Social worker to complete assessment|
|6 months||Panel||Attend the panel to be approved as foster carer||Approve as a foster carer for Wrexham County Borough Council|
|Post 6 months||Ongoing support||Attending training and support groups||To provide support and guidance|