You have the potential to make a difference to the life of vulnerable young person and change a child’s story, in a rewarding paid role as a Somerset foster carer. This is the powerful and emotive message behind a short new film from Somerset Council.

‘Willow’s Story’ is the third instalment in the ‘Change A Child’s Story’ series, with the 50 second promotional video due to air on television screens across the county in the coming weeks. Link to Willow’s Story:

With over 580 children in Somerset in care, and only 200 in house foster carers, more foster homes are urgently needed to provide stability and safety for vulnerable children of all ages, and to help keep local children in their local community.

There are a variety of fostering options available to suit your lifestyle and the level of commitment you can offer, from occasional care of a child just one weekend a month, to full time specialist roles such as High Need foster carer – which has an average income of around £45,000 per year.

Foster carers need to be aged 21 or over with a spare room in their home, but there is no upper age limit, and you’ll be supported every step of the way with ongoing support and full training.

To find out more visit or call 0800 587 9900 and chat to the fostering team. You’re not committing to anything by getting in touch to find out more, and you could help change a child’s story.

Fostering in Somerset advert - child and woman sat on sofa

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December 20, 2023

Molly Venn