Posted: Mon 1st Feb 2016

Cwmbran couple add their voice to fostering campaign

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Monday, Feb 1st, 2016

Today marks the start of Fostering February, a month-long campaign which raises awareness about the role of a foster carer, and to dispel myths and misconceptions about fostering. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

David and Angie Phillips, from Cwmbran, have joined the campaign by talking about how they have found foster caring with Torfaen council. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The couple have been fostering for six months with Torfaen council, fostering three children over this period. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

David, who has multiple sclerosis, retired from his job in 2012. David and Angie found that they had a lot of spare time on their hands. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

David commented: “We had the care and the passion to want to foster and to hopefully change some young children’s lives.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The couple are currently fostering two teenage girls aged 12 and 13. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Angie said: “With teenagers, you’ve just got to come down to their level. We’ve been very lucky; the children that we’ve fostered are wonderful children.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

David is an archer who has competed in Paralympic competitions, and uses his sporting abilities to bond with his foster children. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

David said: “We include them in a lot of activities. They love sports and I’m a sports person. They go to a lot of out of school activities.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Torfaen council offers full guidance and support to foster carers, and the couple have been pleased with the process. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Angie added: “Torfaen council were very quick and very thorough. They’re always there if you need them, and always at the end of the phone.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The couple believe that seeing their foster children develop has been the most rewarding part of their roles. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Angie said: “There’s been a total change in our girls in three months. They came to us as girls, and now they’re young ladies.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Councillor Richard Clark, executive member for health, social care and well-being said: “David and Angie’s story shows just how rewarding fostering can be. It has been great to hear residents relating their experiences of fostering with Torfaen council, and I encourage all those who are interested in fostering to get in touch with our family placement team.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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