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, same time, same place - returns in January
Our Fostering Fridays have been a great success, but we are pausing now until after Christmas. So please note there will be no Fostering Friday on 12, 19 and 26 December, or 2 January.
Fostering Friday will resume on Friday 9 January 2015, between 2pm and 4pm at Oldbury Council House.
Our next 'Become a foster carer' information event
Date: Saturday 21 February
Venue: Central Library, West Bromwich, B70 8DZ
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.
Thanks for your support
A special 'thank-you' from all of the fostering team to Great Barr Methodist Church, Sainsburys Oldbury and Tesco's West Bromwich, all of whom have kindly donated toys and games for our Looked After Children and Young People this Christmas. We really appreciate your generousity and it is great to know that people are thinking of Sandwell's Looked After Children & Young People at this time of year.
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.