Could you foster?

Could you make a difference to a child’s life?

 

Children are fostered for many different reasons and for different lengths of time.

 

They may not be able to live with their parents because they are experiencing illness, substance misuse or having relationship difficulties. It may also be because the child has been neglected or abused.

 

Foster carers provide the safe, warm, caring and stable home a child needs for as long as needed and this can be a hugely rewarding experience for carers.

 

As a foster carer you will be expected to meet the physical and emotional needs of the child or young person while they live with you and your family.

Who can foster? Our basic criteria

 

There are lots of myths around who can foster, however there are only a few things we insist on, the basic criteria are:

  • you must have at least one spare bedroom
  • you must be over 21 years of age
  • be a full time resident in the UK
  • if you’re a couple you must have been living together for over 12 months
  • if you have birth children they must be over 12 months old
  • live within a 20 mile radius of Dudley

 

We know peoples circumstances change. If you don’t meet the criteria now but you expect to in the future, you can still get in touch and have a chat. We’ll then follow up with you when it’s more appropriate.

If you do meet the criteria above, you could foster for Dudley!

We welcome applications from:

  • people who are retired, working or unemployed
  • single people, couples or same sex couples
    • you can be single and foster – but you will need to demonstrate a network of support
    • your sexual orientation won’t prevent you from fostering
  • all community groups regardless of faith or ethnicity
    • your religion won’t prevent you from fostering – but you will need to demonstrate how you can support a child of a different religion from yours or questioning their own faith
  • homeowners or those in rented accommodation
    • you don’t have to own your own home – but you will need to demonstrate stability

 

You don’t need any formal qualifications – you will be trained with the skills to foster and be supported to achieve the training and development standards in England. You can sometimes continue to work and foster, depending on the type of fostering you want to do and the needs of the children you will be caring for.

 

To find out more read our FAQs

 

 

 

What makes a good foster carer?

 

Foster carers have lots of skills and qualities. If you can tick at least a few of the boxes below you could have what it takes to be one of our carers.

 

  • can see the potential in every child you foster
  • provide a positive experience of family life to children and young people
  • can meet the physical and emotional needs of the children you care for
  • have patience, warmth and understanding
  • have the time to foster
  • have lots of energy and a positive attitude
  • have a sense of humour
  • offer a secure, caring and loving home
  • the willingness to work as part of a team to help keep children safe.
  • be able to build good relationships with children

 

 

 

 

The rewards

 

Fostering is one of the most rewarding jobs there is. All carers will experience highs and lows but when the rewards are as amazing as those below who wouldn’t think fostering is the best job in the world?

 

  • the satisfaction of making a difference in a child’s life
  • give children a positive experience of family life
  • help them improve school attendance
  • help children to feel good about themselves
  • have an enriched experience of life
  • help a child to move on to independence
  • help a child fulfil ambitions and goals, and reach their full potential.
  • see a child overcome challenges

 

 

A bit about our children

 

Our children are all different.  Different ages and genders, some have siblings, some have disabilities and they all need a home because of different circumstances. They all have their own special qualities and different support needs.

 

The thing that makes them all the same is there need for a foster family to give them a safe, loving and stable home, sometimes for a short period of time and sometimes on a more permanent basis.

 

That’s why our carers are so amazing, they make their homes the safe, loving and stable place our children need no matter what their background is.

 

Find out more about what our children have to say about us and how the birth children of our carers feel about being part of a foster family.

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