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Become a foster carer

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

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

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 updates

We’re marking the launch of Foster Care Fortnight with the release of our new fostering film, ‘There Was A Boy’, which you can see on this page.

We are also looking forward to our next ‘Become A Foster Carer’ information event on Saturday 9th June at Bleakhouse Library – see poster on this page for details.