The foster carers at the front line of Wales young refugee crisis


Wales Online spoke to foster carers in Wales who have opened up their homes to welcome children fleeing their homelands as it’s estimated more than 100 young refugees are arriving in the country every year.

When Mike Foster fell off a ladder while working as a window cleaner more than 10 years ago his life changed in two ways. Firstly his leg was “busted” and he was left bedridden for five months. But the incident also gave him the chance to press pause and re-evaluate everything that was going on in his life.

One of those things was the decision to become a foster carer, which he had mulled over for many years. “I got the chance to re-organise and do something I really wanted to do. I applied and I went through the process when I was incapacitated,” said the 62-year-old, who lives in Newport.

When Mike Foster fell off a ladder while working as a window cleaner more than 10 years ago his life changed in two ways. Firstly his leg was “busted” and he was left bedridden for five months. But the incident also gave him the chance to press pause and re-evaluate everything that was going on in his life.

One of those things was the decision to become a foster carer, which he had mulled over for many years. “I got the chance to re-organise and do something I really wanted to do. I applied and I went through the process when I was incapacitated,” said the 62-year-old, who lives in Newport.

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Written by Catherine Turner