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Fostering

Giants Film - Fostering

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.

Fostering Posters July 2017

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  • 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: adopt_foster@sandwell.gov.uk

If you are already fostering with us call 0121 569 3101.

News

We are now going to be holding fostering information events every month, each time we will be in a different part of the borough.  Details of our next event will always be listed here.

Our fostering film 'Giants' continues to make a big impression. The team of local authorities that cooperated to get the film made have been nominated in the 2017 Public Sector Communications Awards, in the Partnership Engagement Initiative of the Year category.

If you haven't seen 'Giants' yet - just scroll up to the top of the page and take a look!

Our next Fostering Information events are:
 

Saturday 28 October  at 11am
Bleakhouse Library
Bleakhouse Road
Oldbury
B68 9DS
 
Monday 20 November  at 6.30pm
Wednesbury Library
Walsall Street
Wednesbury
WS10 9EH

Evening events start at 6.30pm and on Saturday mornings we start at 11am.  There is no need to book in advance - just come along to find out about fostering with us.

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 during office hours.  If we cannot pick up the phone straightaway, please do leave a message - we will always call you back.

 

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

Further reading

For more general information about all aspects of fostering, visit the Fostering Network website.

Adoption

If you want to know more about our adoption service, please visit our adoption page, and for further information visit our regional adoption partner Adoption Black Country.

Private fostering

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.

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