Why do we need more diversity in fostering?

An important message of support for our campaign to recruit more BME foster carers from the Children’s Commissioner for Wales.

“Fostering is a vital service that can provide a safe and loving environment for the most vulnerable children. 

“Children entering the care system are from a wide variety of backgrounds, and so it’s important that we have a diverse range of prospective foster carers as well. 

“For a child going through what can be an unsettling and stressful experience, a foster family who understands their cultural background, speaks their first language, or practices their religion can make a big difference in making that child feel safe and secure. 

“Families come in all shapes, sizes, colours and cultures, and so should foster families – I encourage anyone who is thinking about fostering to come forward as there are children from diverse backgrounds in need of that support.”

Rocio Cifuentes is the Children’s Commissioner for Wales.

Her job is to tell people why children’s rights are so important and to look at how the decisions made by public bodies in Wales, including Welsh Government, affect children’s rights.

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