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Hear from real foster carers about their experiences and why they chose to foster.

We've spoke to BBC Wiltshire about fostering and how we always need more people to join us in ensuring our vulnerable young people have a safe home and the opportunity to thrive.

Kerry Beety, one of our foster carers, explains how she became a foster carer and her experiences of providing this important support. The interview was conducted on BBC Wiltshire's Graham Seaman show at 1:30:00 into the programme.

Our target this year is to recruit 30 more foster carers by April 2018 so children and young people can stay in their local area.

When you foster with Wiltshire Council, you will not be left to fend on your own.  You will have an extensive support network and a dedicated fostering social worker.  If you need support outside of normal working hours, you will be able to access the Emergency Duty team.  Wiltshire Council is committed to upskilling its foster carers with relevant courses and training programme.

"There is such a big need for more foster carers to look after children who desperately need someone to care for them and give them a safe, warm home. It is so satisfying knowing that you can make a difference by giving a child a chance." Kerry Beety, foster carer for 7 years

This short clip gives a brief snapshot of the Emergency fostering scheme.  For more information please speak to the fostering team on 0800 169 6321 or email fostering@wiltshire.gov.uk

Alison and Beccie, two foster carers, share their experiences of fostering. "This is not like any other job. Reflection is a big part of this job. If you make those changes and embrace those changes... foster children totally enrich our lives."

Caroline talks to her social worker, Jo, about how much she values the respite care offered by foster carers. It provides her with a break and her child with a fun visit to her foster carers for a short break.

Birth children of Wiltshire foster carers discuss how they feel about sharing their homes with looked after children, and what it's like to live in a fostering household.

Two young people discuss how fostering has had a positive impact on their lives.

Paul, a foster carer, talks to Anna, social worker, about why he chose to foster and how his own family benefited from it.

Alan and Wendy Case fostered before having their own children, and then took up fostering again once their children were a little older.

In the second part of our chat with Alan and Wendy, they talk about how working as a team has been a key part of fostering.

Newly approved foster carers Jane and Mark talk about why they decided to foster. "I wanted to be able to help somebody who wasn't as fortunate as I am. We have a great home and we've raised some great kids and it would be really nice to have someone else in that environment and give themsome good experiences."

In part two of our interview with newly approved foster carers Jane and Mark, they talk about their experience of the fostering assessment process.

Paula and her husband Sam provide respite care for children and young people who need additional support. 

Last updated: 16 October 2018 | Last reviewed: 16 October 2018