More foster families are needed to meet the growing number of children going into care.
That's the call from fostering agencies in Wales who say there's a shortfall of nearly 600 new foster parents.
The Fostering Co-Operative say people are being put off because they aren't sure whether they will meet the requirements.
Rachel's like many other sixteen-year-olds.
She's in college and has a part-time job. But she's also fostered - living with Gilly Davies and her husband in Merthyr.
"I was a young carer when I was living at home and things broke down... I just couldn't balance both. So I went into care, and I've had three placements. This one's been really successful."
Gilly has two-grown up children of her own... but says those she fosters are very much part of the family.
But one charity says there aren't enough carers like her, warning more than 500 are needed across Wales.
"There is an issue with there not being enough carers, because unfortunately there are a lot of children who do need a foster home, and just not enough people coming forward at the moment.
I think part of the problem is there are a lot of stereotypes around fostering, so people don't think that they could be considered as a foster carer or are nervous about coming forward."
– KIM PERKINS, FOSTER CARE CO-OPERATIVE
Rachel's now looking ahead to university, and wants people to see how a stable foster home has changed her life for the better.
Watch the report from Mike Griffiths here
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