The Fostering Network in Wales is calling on foster carers to share their views on the establishment of a National Fostering Framework across Wales.
While there is no definitive set of proposals on what a National Fostering Framework should look like, it is seen as offering a new opportunity to make services more effective and more sustainable.
The overall aim is to ensure that fostering services can provide and commission a flexible and affordable mix of high-quality placements and support services that meet the diverse range of children’s needs. This means giving children clearly planned journeys through care which remain focussed on care plans, prevent drift, and enable them to be reunited with family and friends where possible, or have stable placements, achieve permanency and leave the care system positively.
This work is being undertaken alongside The Association of Directors of Social Services in Wales, AFA Cymru, and the Welsh Government Association.
Maria Boffey, from The Fostering Network in Wales, said: “An extensive consultation programme is underway with all those who work within fostering, and gaining the views of foster carers is a vital part of this.
“We very much want to hear from you about what is going well from your perspective, and what are the challenges that we may be able to address in a different way. All the information collected is completely confidential and your responses will remain anonymous – but without it we’re unable to share foster carers’ perspective on this vital issue.”