foster caring?

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What can Cariad do for you?


  • We offer a personal friendly service to all our Foster Carers
  • You will not be just a carer – your will be part of our family
  • We are here to support you and answer your questions
  • We want to get to know you and for you to get to know us
  • We offer very competitive allowances for children in your care


  • All Foster Carers receive an allowance for each night a child is in their care
  • In addition Foster Carers receive holiday leave payment each year
  • A mileage allowance is paid for certain journeys
  • All Carers are included in Cariad’s membership to the Fostering Network and Insurance cover
  • All Foster Carers in Wales are self-employed and are responsible for their own PAYE and NI – If you have not been self-employed before help and guidance will be provided


  • Three day Skills to Foster training prior to attending the panel and approval
  • Once approved, Foster Carer’s are offered the chance to undertake a QCF level 3 Health & Social Care (Children & Young People)
  • All Foster Carers are expected to attend all all in-house and external training
  • Training will be provided to address generalised issued raised by fostering but also specific issues to assist carers manage individual situations

Carer Support

  • A fully qualified Supervising Social Worker will be allocated to each Carer and we offer to visit Foster Carers fortnightly but at the very least 6 weekly
  • We provide a 24/7 on call service at weekends and in the evenings
  • In addition all carers will be provided with the Emergency Duty Team telephone number for the authority from which the child in their care originates
  • All Foster Carers will undergo an annual review


We will provide you with an A-Z handbook to help you every step of the way. The Carer’s A-Z includes a wealth of information about Cariad’s policies and guidelines. What not to do and what to do and most importantly how to do it The young person’s handbook is available to all foster children. It provides information about the Agency, their rights, children’s organisations and who to contact for advice.

Cariad Fostering
Pencoed technology Park
Pencoed, Bridgend, CF35 5HZ
Tel: 01656 861650