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.
Our most recent information evening in Blackheath was a great success - thank-you to everyone who came along. We will be coming to Tipton in May, full details will be announced here soon.
We will continue running 'Become a foster carer' events in each of the '6 towns' of Sandwell in 2014, giving you the chance to meet us and talk to some of our foster carers. We would love to see you there, so please come along.
If you want to know more about the work of a Children's Service and why
we need people to step forward, both as foster carers and adoptive
parents, watch 15,000 Kids and Counting. It's a documentary series on Channel 4, which looks at the journey towards adoption or long term fostering.
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.