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Fostering in West Midlands

Fostering in West Midlands

Whether you are married, single, or living together you could become a foster carer in West Midlands. If you live in West Midlands and are considering becoming a foster carer, you can find out more about who requires fostering, how we can support you and the next steps here.

Children requiring fostering in West Midlands

In West Midlands, we currently need to recruit carers for

  • Sibling groups of younger children
  • Children age 9+ who need short term placements
  • Children age 9+ who need long term/ permanent placements
  • Teenagers who need to remain with foster carers until they reach independence
  • Children who have mild and moderate level learning difficulties
  • Children who have more complex disabilities
  • Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking children and young people

We are also keen to recruit foster carers in West Midlands who can help with Parent and Child Placements. This is usually mother and child, although occasionally this may also be a new father and child.

Although these are specific range of fostering placement requirements there is currently a very significant shortfall of foster carers across the board in West Midlands. If you live in West Midlands or nearby and are thinking of fostering we would very much like to hear from you.

Becoming an fp.c foster carer in West Midlands

We are currently working to ensure that there are sufficient foster carers in the West Midlands to meet the need of every West Midlands child who needs a foster placement. This is an important goal because local placement allows children to continue at existing schools, retain contact to friends and family and in the longer run it can facilitate arrangements for a child to return to their family where this is the right plan for the child.

We support all of our West Midlands foster carers

If you're a first time foster carer, you may have many questions now and further down the line. Even our experienced foster carers meet new challenges and experiences every day. We make sure that our foster carers in West Midlands are fully supported with a comprehensive range of training, funding, and other services. we provide regular foster carer support groups and training at various locations in or near to West Midlands which we'd encourage any of our foster carers to attend.

Our West Midlands foster carers are supported by locally based staff who will get to know you and your family really well. This ensures you and your foster child are matched well, and that you receive high level support across the whole fostering experience.

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West Midlands fostering support services

As one of our foster carers, you will have access to a full range of support services including:

When you start...

  • Your own designated social worker, who will visit regularly, usually fortnightly, to provide advice, guidance and support
  • Careful matching of children with foster carers
  • Good preparation and initial induction
  • Support with completing a formal induction workbook process (TSD)
  • Access to telephone advice and support 24 hours per day, 7 days per week
  • High level professional fee in recognition of your skills
  • High level child maintenance allowance
  • Free membership of Fostering Network

Supporting you further...

  • Annual appraisal to support you to develop your skills to a higher level
  • Access to respite care
  • Summer holiday, Birthday and Christmas/Festival supplements
  • Access to ongoing foster carer training provided by in house and specialist external trainers
  • Funding for access to relevant external training
  • Access to online training- e-learning
  • Support to develop safe and effective baby sitting and back up care arrangements
  • Support groups for own children to attend- if they wish
  • Workshops for young people in foster care- to support your good efforts
  • Access to a psychologist for advice and support, where needed
  • Higher frequency, higher level support at the time of new placements and if/when needed
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If you decide to join our team, you will be working with an agency that has consistently been accredited as an 'Outstanding' or 'Good' Fostering Service Provider by OFSTED.

A "Good" Fostering Service Provider

Fostering should be a fully considered choice. It's important to be confident that you are in partnership with the right agency. We're proud to be consistently accredited as an 'Outstanding' or 'Good' Fostering Service Provider by OFSTED. We work hard to maintain the very highest standards and as such are able to ensure you get the best possible support and service from fp.c.

Working with West Midlands Council

Our fostering agency is an accredited Tier 1 provider of foster placements for West Midlands Council and several neighbouring local authorities. We are also accredited as preferred providers of foster placements for the wider group of local authorities. We have been providing foster carers for West Midlands children for several years. Our Tier 1 status means that West Midlands refers children to us first whenever a foster placement is needed for a West Midlands child. This means that if you live in or near West Midlands and decide to foster with our agency, you are likely to be kept very busy.

Start your journey

If you live in West Midlands and are thinking of fostering, we would really like to hear from you. Fill in the form below to request a call back with one of our friendly foster carer recruitment advisers or to be sent a fostering information pack. You can also give us a call on (01993) 706925 or if you need more information, see our page on considering fostering.

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