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.
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.
Foster carers handbook
If you want to know more about being a foster carer in Sandwell take a look at our foster carers handbook.
As you can see we’re backing Foster Care Fortnight (13 – 24 May). Not only are we supporting the #changeafuture campaign online, but we’re also running a series of ‘pop up’ information stands all over Sandwell during Foster Care Fortnight.
Our message is simple, if you’re not sure, if you think someone in your family might be interested, or you just want to know for future reference, drop in to one of the ‘pop up’s’ and grab some information.
Week one’s been fantastic and to top it off you can now watch the Fostering Network’s new video ‘Pandora Christie – fostering changed my future’ here on our fostering page.
At the end of Foster Care Fortnight we have our next ‘Foster With Us’ information event at the YMCA in West Bromwich, which is another new venue for us. So if you’d like to talk to our team, meet some of our foster carers and sit down for a one-to-one conversation about how you could foster with Sandwell, the details are:
Saturday 25th May at 11am
YMCA, 38 Carter’s Green, West Bromwich B70 9LG.
If you can’t make it in May, don’t worry. We’ll be continuing our monthly ‘Foster With Us’ information events all over Sandwell, all through the year. ‘Foster With Us’ events are free to attend and you don’t need to book in advance.
So, if you’re thinking about fostering, why not come along to find out more? We’d love to see you there – and we’ll bring the tea and biscuits!
But if you can’t wait, just click the ‘start your fostering journey here’ button, on this page and we’ll get back to you.