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Is Foster Care in Wales the Same as Abroad?

As an experienced foster care agency in Wales, we often get asked how foster care in Wales compares to fostering abroad. In this blog post, we'll explore this question and shed light on the unique aspects of fostering in Wales, while also highlighting some universal principles that underpin foster care practices across the world.

Understanding Foster Care in Wales with Family Fostering Partners

Before delving into the comparison with foster care abroad, it's important to understand how foster care in Wales works. Fostering in Wales is overseen by local authorities who work in partnership with independent fostering agencies like us.  At Family Fostering Partners, we work tirelessly to recruit, train, assess, and support foster families and then to match them with children or young people in need of safe and loving homes.

The goal of foster care in Wales is to provide safe, stable, and nurturing environments for children and young people who are unable to live with their birth families. To learn more about Family Fostering Partners and our values, click here.

Foster care in Wales operates within a legal framework governed by legislation such as the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 and the Fostering Services (Wales) Regulations 2003. These regulations set out standards for foster care provisions, ensuring that children and young people in care receive the support and care they need to thrive.


Key Features of Foster Care in Wales

Foster care in Wales is characterised by several key features that distinguish it from practices abroad. These include:

  1. Strong Support Networks: In Wales, foster families with Family Fostering Partners can expect to receive comprehensive support and training. This support includes tailormade training, regular support groups, and a dedicated link workers who provide guidance and assistance throughout every step of your foster care journey in Wales. As a foster parent with Family Fostering Partners, you will also have access to Foster Talk, an independent membership provided to each of our fostering families, which provides them with free legal advice, medical advice, and counselling services. Click here to learn more.
  1. Cultural Sensitivity: Foster care in Wales places a strong emphasis on cultural sensitivity and diversity. Foster families with Family Fostering Partners are supported and encouraged to celebrate and respect the cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds of the children in their care, ensuring that they feel valued and supported in maintaining their identities whilst they cannot live with their birth family.
  1. Placement Stability: Every effort is made to prioritise placement stability and continuity of care in foster care arrangements in Wales. At Family Fostering Partners, children and young people are very carefully matched with our fostering families. In turn, they provide a stable home environment that is well suited to a specific child, minimising further disruptions to a child’s life whilst also promoting attachment and wellbeing.
  1. Collaborative Approach: Foster care in Wales operates on a collaborative model, with local authorities, independent fostering agencies, and other professionals (such as counsellors / health visitors etc) working together to meet the needs of children and young people in foster care. This collaborative approach ensures that children receive holistic support that addresses their physical, emotional, and educational needs.


Comparing Foster Care in Wales to Practices Abroad

While foster care in Wales shares many similarities with practices abroad, there are also notable differences shaped by cultural, legal, and social factors. For example, which organisations provide what support may be different in other countries. Crucially, who can make definitive decisions about the long-term care of a child will vary between jurisdictions. Additionally, cultural norms and societal attitudes toward foster care may vary, influencing the recruitment and training of foster families and the types of support services available.

Despite these differences, there are also principles that should underpin foster care practice across the world; these include a commitment to the best interests of the child and a focus on providing safe and nurturing environments.

At Family Fostering Partners, we believe that whether fostering in Wales or abroad, foster care is about providing children and young people with the opportunity to thrive in a supportive and caring environment, surrounded by individuals who are dedicated to their well-being.



In conclusion, while foster care in Wales may have its own unique characteristics shaped by local context, culture, and regulations, it shares common goals and values with practices abroad. At Family Fostering Partners, we are proud to be part of a global community of foster care providers committed to making a positive difference in the lives of children and young people. Whether you foster in Wales or beyond, fostering is a rewarding journey that enriches the lives of both children and foster families, creating brighter futures for all involved.


Begin Fostering in Wales

If you would like to learn more about fostering in Wales, or if you are ready to become a foster carer in Wales. We’re always hear to talk, we can be contacted through our “Contact Us” page, by using the live fostering chat on our website, or by calling us directly on 0330 0948816.

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