Fostering is about looking after children who cannot live at home. As a foster carer you may be looking after a child from just a few days to several years.
In Sandwell we are actively seeking new foster carers of all ethnic backgrounds, religions and cultures from across the West Midlands.
You do not have to be a resident of Sandwell to apply, but we do ask our foster carers to be close enough to be able to attend the meetings and appointments that are part of fostering for Sandwell.
The best way to find out if fostering is for you is to get in touch - we would love to hear from you.
Fostering Friday - every week from 11 July
Now you can drop in to Oldbury Council House on any Friday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm to talk to us about fostering. No appointment needed, just ask for directions to room 8 at reception.
Whether it's to have a question answered, get information for a friend or relative, or to start your application to foster for Sandwell, you can have a 1-2-1 chat with one of our fostering team. Drop in and talk to us direct and get the facts about fostering - it's what Friday's are for.
Meanwhile our campaign to recruit the best possible foster carers for our children continues throughout the summer, with roadshows and our regular 'Become a foster carer' open events for you to get the facts about fostering.
So come and talk to us or give us a call - there is no commitment whatsoever and you may be surprised at what you find out.
Our next 'Become a foster carer' event in Sandwell will be in Wednesbury, full details to be announced here soon.
At our information events you can find out about fostering for Sandwell as well as having time to meet us, ask your questions and talk to some of our foster carers. We would love to see you there, so please come along.
We will be continuing to promote fostering and giving you the chance to talk to us on;
- Friday 25 July, Sandwell Help 4 U roadshow at Lidl, Wednesbury, 10am to 2pm
- Friday 08 August, Sandwell Help 4 U roadshow at New Square, West Bromwich, 9:30am to 4:30pm
Experiences of foster carers
Here are some experiences from a few of our current foster carers.
Could you be a foster carer?
If you have the time, patience and energy to provide children with a safe and caring home, then you could be 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.
You will receive full training, support and payments to cover the costs of providing a stable, secure home.
Our brief outline of the process involved in becoming a foster carer may help you decide if you wish to take the next steps.
Find out more
Read our fostering information pack
Read our fostering information pack to find out more about who can foster, the different types of fostering, how to become a foster carer and the financial help and other support you could get.
Children's guides to fostering
- My guide to fostering (for children aged 5 to 11)
- Billie's fostering adventure (for younger children)
This applies in specific family circumstances when arrangements made between a parent and a carer are different. It's important that if you know about such an arrangement, you read our information about private fostering.
For more information about the different types of fostering (permanent, short-term, private and respite fostering) and what they can involve, visit the British Association for Adoption and Fostering.
You could also visit the Fostering Network website.
Our fostering service statement of purpose sets out what our fostering service wants to achieve.