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.
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.
Get in touch
The best way to find out if fostering is for you is to contact us - we would love to hear from you.
- Call 0800 358 0899 - during office hours or leave a message and we will call you back. This is our specialist fostering recruitment line. For all other fostering & adoption related enquiries, call the Family Placements Team on 0121 569 3101.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are already fostering with us call 0121 569 3101.
Our next fostering information event, when you can come and meet us and find out more about fostering with Sandwell, is on Thursday 29 September at 6.30pm at:
Or you can contact us at any time - fill in our online form and we'll call you back, or call us on 0800 358 0899 for a chat.
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 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.
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.
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.
You can also find out more about our work at our our new Facebook page which will include details of our work and links to information from other organisations working with children and young people
Children's guides to fostering
- My guide to fostering (for children aged 5 to 11)
- Billie's fostering adventure (for younger children)
For more general information about all aspects of fostering, visit the Fostering Network website.
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.