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.
We are backing National Adoption Week 2019 as we know that many people who foster also go on to adopt and some people who adopt can also go on to foster. So if you’ve found your way to this page, but it’s really adoption you want to talk about, please contact the regional adoption agency Adoption at Heart. You can contact them at www.adoptionatheart.org.uk, or call 0800 073 0597 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Meanwhile, back with us, our next fostering information event is at at the Tanhouse Community Centre in Great Barr in October. 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:
Wednesday 23 October at 6.30pm
Tanhouse Community Centre
‘Foster With Us’ events are free to attend and you don’t need to book in advance.
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 to talk about fostering with Sandwell.
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, click here.