ways to foster

transfer to us

choose foster wales merthyr tydfil

You’ve already made the incredible decision to make a difference and become a foster carer. Are you now looking to transfer to your local authority?

Foster Wales Merthyr Tydfil is your local authority fostering service and we’re all about people, not profit and we’re dedicated to working together with you to build better futures for our local children in Merthyr. By having a passionate and committed foster carer team in-house, it means more investment in supportive services for children, their families, and our foster carers.

If you’re a foster carer with another local authority, an agency, or a 3rd sector organisation, but you’re looking to transfer to Foster Wales Merthyr, read below for further information.

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benefits of fostering with your local authority

We are the real people in your local area, already supporting the children in need of looking after. We have the ultimate responsibility for all children in care in Merthyr. This means you have greater flexibility in the types of care you and your family would be best suited to. We work side-by-side with social workers and children’s social workers, all based in the same building which is what ensures everything we do is focused around the children.

We keep children local wherever possible. Children will have their school, their friends, their favourite park. By fostering with us, you’re providing the opportunity for children to stay in an area they’re already familiar with, minimising disruption.

As a not-for-profit organisation, all the funding we receive goes towards the service we provide, on your training and support, reinvested into our foster carers. We do not make a profit on children in care. By fostering with your local authority, you’re helping to minimise the profit-making of children in care.

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what we offer at foster wales Merthyr

  • A support network of over 70 foster carers based in Merthyr, with mentoring from experienced carers – our Fostering Pioneer scheme
  • Generous financial allowances. For example right now in Merthyr there are foster carers who receive between £12,584 and £39,520 per year
  • 24 hour on-call support
  • 50% council tax discount
  • Free leisure membership for your household
  • Guidance, support and training, including therapeutic intervention service MAPSS by The Behaviour Clinic
  • Monthly consultations to share views, plus social activities and annual appreciation events

Read more about support and rewards here.

“We decided to transfer about two years ago and more recently started looking into fostering children with complex needs because we feel we have sufficient training and support to do so. We’re so glad we transferred!”

Emma, local authority foster carer

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how to transfer to us

It all starts with a chat. From there, we can explain exactly how the process works and as you’re already in the fostering world, the process will be unique to you.

It’s quite straightforward and we have experience from other carers that have already transferred to us. We’ve learnt how to make the transition as smooth as possible and you’ll be kept in the loop the whole way.

We want to know how we can best support you going forward, identify any needs you may have, and make sure we know you inside out to figure out which children would be best suited to you and your family.

We’d love to have a chat with you.


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