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Become a foster carer

Could you look after a child who can’t live at home?

Start your fostering enquiry here

Thinking of fostering…why Sandwell?

Well if you live in or around Sandwell, here’s what we have to offer.

The children in our care only come from Sandwell, which is why we want carers from in and around the borough too. Sandwell Children’s Trust is the fostering service for Sandwell Council. We only work in Sandwell and we want people in, or close to, Sandwell to help us to care for Sandwell’s children.

We work directly with Sandwell Council, that means we will always try to place the children in our care with one of our foster carers first. That means we have the best chance of finding the right child for your home.

If you foster with Sandwell, then you become part of a team. Everyone at Sandwell Children’s Trust will be working with you, giving you the support and training you need to become a confident experienced foster carer who can make a difference to children’s lives.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, we are a not for profit fostering service. No shareholders, no dividends to pay out. All of our resources are invested into our work caring for Sandwell’s most vulnerable children – and we’re proud of that!

Can I be a foster carer?

If you have the time, patience and energy to provide children with a safe and caring home, then you could become a foster carer.

You will need:

  • a spare bedroom
  • time and flexibility to care for children
  • patience and resilience
  • to be able to work with professionals.

There is no such thing as a typical foster carer. Like the children you look after, foster carers are all different and come from all sorts of backgrounds.

You can be married, single, or living together. You can be in a same sex relationship. You can be employed, unemployed or retired. You might already have children, or you might not. You could be living in your own home or a rented property.

We welcome applications from all ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds as we want our foster carers to reflect the diversity of Sandwell and the surrounding areas. 

You will receive full training, support and payments to cover the costs of providing a stable, secure home.

Start your fostering enquiry here

If you’re already fostering with an agency, but would like to foster for us directly, we’ll fast track your enquiry. As an approved foster carer, we will make your application a priority; just click the link to tell us about yourself.

I’m an approved foster carer

Fostering news

We are still actively seeking new applicants to become foster carers, but our live recruitment events have been paused in view of the current public health situation with the Covid19 outbreak.  We will update you with more information as and when we are in a position to restart our information events.

Our new ‘Superheroes’ campaign is up and running with eye catching posters all over Sandwell and it’s so appropriate, because we know very well that our foster carers are carrying on doing their amazing work, but we cannot say it often enough, we always need more people to step forward to look after the children who most need a loving home in Sandwell.

We also launched a discussion podcast which addresses some of the common issues covered in our live fostering information events as part of Foster Care Fortnight.  You can take a look here SCT Podcast #1 video or have a listen here for the audio version SCT Podcast #1 – audio we hope you’ll find it useful.

In the meantime if you are looking to start your journey to become a foster carers you can still contact us by clicking the ‘start your fostering journey here’ button on this page, to send us a message and we’ll get back to you.

 

For more information

If you want to know more about being a foster carer in Sandwell take a look at our foster carers handbook, or take a look at the downloads section at the foot of the page.

You’ll find our current Fostering Information Leaflet, the Foster Carer’s Guide to Progression and our payments guide available for download below.

If you do have questions – please don’t hesitate to call us on 0800 358 0899, during office hours to speak to one of the team. Or during the evenings or at weekends just leave us a message and we’ll get back to you.


 

Private Fostering

Private fostering is the term used when someone who is not a parent or a ‘close relative’ (e.g. great aunt, cousin, mum’s friend or a neighbour) is looking after a child or young person.  For information and advice about private fostering and what to do if you are involved in, or aware of, a private fostering arrangement, please click here.

See our downloads below