Can I Foster?

Becoming a foster parent in Sandwell involves a thoughtful and comprehensive process designed to ensure the well-being and safety of vulnerable children in need of temporary care and support.

Here at Sandwell Children’s Trust, we seek individuals and families who are committed, compassionate, and capable of providing a nurturing environment for children facing challenging life circumstances.

Prospective foster parents are required to undergo an assessment, encompassing background checks, interviews, training, and evaluation of their suitability to offer a stable and caring home. This process aims to match children with suitable foster families while upholding the highest standards of child welfare and protection.

Our initial criteria for becoming a foster carer with Sandwell

There are other factors to consider during application but this is the main four to get you started

You have a spare room

This goes without saying. You must be able to provide a private space for any child you foster.

You Are over 21

There is no age limit to become a foster carer however we do require that you are at least 21 years of age.

Are a UK resident

To become a foster parent, you need to be a UK resident or have indefinite leave to remain.

Have room in your heart

Provide a safe, caring and nurturing environment for the children or young people you look after.

As a foster carer you would be required to:

  • Establish and maintain a good routine for children.
  • Treat all children as individuals and as part of your family.
  • Work as part of a team with staff and professionals from many agencies.
  • Actively encourage children to learn, and help them to feel positive about their background, culture and religion.
  • Promote the healthy growth and development of a child, particularly with regards to their health and education.
  • Speak up for the child (or children) in order to ensure that they receive good care and the opportunities to develop.
  • Build relationships with children and also assist them in keeping in contact with others who are important to them, in order to promote, sustain and create good relationships.
  • Deal responsibly with confidential information, keeping written records about each child’s care and contribute to reports about the child.
  • Complete the appropriate training courses provided to develop your skills.
  • Provide a safe, caring and nurturing environment for the child(ren) or young people you look after.
  • Ensure, at all times, that the child(ren) you’re caring for are kept safe from harm and abuse and taught how to get help if anything untoward should happen to them.
  • Be able to manage a child’s behaviour without resorting to physical or inappropriate punishment.

Dedicated Support & Training

As part of being a foster carer for Sandwell Children’s Trust, you will receive on-going training & support, have your own dedicated social worker and receive regular supervision.

You’ll also have access to lots of other services to support and assist you and any children you may be caring for.

As a foster carer for Sandwell you’ll be continuing to learn and develop your skills throughout your fostering journey.

New to fostering?

Already a foster carer?

The rewards of foster caring extend far beyond the positive influence on a child, as fostering can bring personal growth, fulfilment, and a sense of purpose to your own life.

Together, we can create a brighter future for vulnerable children and build a more compassionate society.