Community Foster Care has launched a project to support struggling parents.
A dedicated social worker is on hand to help mums and dads who might have difficulty coping with with the demands of parenthood.
After a referral to CFC from the county council’s social services team, a parent and child placement can be arranged with a trained foster carer from CFC where they are supported and assessed.
CFC's Registered Manager, Lyn Taylor, said: “Some parents really need help when a baby comes along. They can find themselves isolated with no one to turn to.
“By placing them with an experienced foster carer, both parents and children can thrive. Sometimes all they need is reassurance and someone to show them the ropes so they hopefully can continue alone and move on from previous experiences.
“The alternative is a parent/child residential unit, which doesn’t suit everyone."
She added that becoming a foster carer can be rewarding and life-changing.
“Many people think they can’t foster, but the opposite is often true. There’s lots of help and training to get you started and constant support along the way.”
Foster carers come from all walks of life and can be male, female or LGBT, single, married or divorced.
They must be over 25 and in generally good health. Community Foster Care is a not-for-profit agency which provides foster carers for children all over Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.
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