Foster Care Fortnight

Foster Care Fortnight returns to Rhondda Cynon Taf this month - with the men and women who are already caring for the county borough's children taking to the streets to spread the word about their fantastic vocations.

The annual event is a celebration of the work of foster carers, who open their hearts, homes and families to 680 babies, children and young people in RCT who, through no fault of their own, cannot live with their birth families.

Between them, the Fostering RCT family provides the love, care and support each and every child deserves, helping them deal with school, friendships and personal development until they can return to their birth families or move on to adoption.

It takes a certain kind of person to be a foster carer, but not as you may think!

The carers of Fostering RCT are aged from 21 to their late 70s. Some are married, some are single. Some are gay, some are straight. Some own their own homes, some don't. Many love sport and beach life while others love walking, travelling and reading.

Each and every carer is different, but they all share a 100 per cent commitment to the wellbeing of the child or children in their care - for as long as they stay.

They all have their own motivations for wanting to be foster carers and, just like any family, it is their differences that make them so strong.

Fostering RCT is recruiting new foster carers now. You must be 21 or over and have a spare room to accommodate a child.

You must also be prepared to work as part of the professional approach to the care of children, working alongside social workers, teachers and other experts.

Find out more about Fostering at the Fostering RCT roadshow:

Drop in and have a no-obligation chat with our friendly fostering team - and the men and women who are already foster carers - at any of the events below:

Thursday, May 17th - Aldi in Talbot Green from 4pm to 7.30pm.

Friday, May 18th at Treorchy Library from 9am to 12pm, High Street Social from 1pm to 4pm and Aldi in Upper Boat from 5pm to 7.30pm.

Saturday, May 19th, the team will be in Llantrisant Leisure Centre from 9am to 12pm, Pontypridd town centre from 12pm to 4pm Argos in Pontypridd from 4.30pm to 7pm.

On Sunday, May 20th, they would love to see you at either B&Q in Pontypridd from 10am to 12.30pm or Co-Op in Tonyrefail from 1.30pm to 4pm.

You can also meet our carers and find out more at www.fosteringrct.co.uk or www.facebook.com/FosteringRCT