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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

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

Foster carers handbook

If you want to know more about being a foster carer in Sandwell take a look at our foster carers handbook.

News update

Great turnout at Blackheath Library this week  for our latest ‘Foster With Us’ information evening – thanks to everyone who came along.  But don’t worry if you missed it because we’re making our first visit to Stone Cross Library in April and we’re really looking forward to that!

So if you’d like to talk to our team, meet some of our foster carers, watch a short film and sit down for a one-to-one conversation about how you could foster with Sandwell, make a note of this in your diary:

Monday 29th April at Stone Cross Library, Beverley Road, Stone Cross, West Bromwich, B71 2LH, starting at 6.30pm. 

But if you can’t make it, don’t worry.  We’ll be keeping up the monthly events throughout the year, which are always free to attend and do not need to be booked 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, above, to let us know you’re thinking about fostering with Sandwell.

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