Are you interested in fostering?
Sometimes families are unable to provide the level of care and support a child needs and it may be unsafe for children to continue to live at home. When this is the case professionals will make the decision for the child to become ‘Looked After’ by the local authority. You may know this as ‘taken into care’.
When a child or young person comes in to the care of the authority there are a number of possible options for where they will live. It may be that there is another family member who could be considered as a carer (known as kinship fostering), or that they will go to live with a non-related foster carer. Our foster carers will provide the children with the opportunity to feel happy and safe, living as part of a family. They will encourage them to do well at school, make friends and try new things and help them to keep in touch with the people who are important to them.
We provide stable and supportive foster placements to children and young people of all ages, from 0-18 years old. In order to ensure the best possible placement match, we need a broad range of foster carers from various backgrounds and with differing levels of experience. We cover the Worcestershire area including: Kidderminster, Evesham, Redditch, Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Stourport, Malvern, Pershore.
Making the decision to foster a child is one of the biggest, but one of the most rewarding decisions anyone can make. We know that caring for children is a tremendously important task and we aim to guide you through the journey you will take if you decide you want to foster a child.
The best part about fostering is knowing that you are making a positive difference to a child or young person's life. You will be helping them to build a better future, by providing care and support at a time when they need it most. Being a foster carer is no easy task; children can be distressed, demanding and despondent. They are likely to have complex histories and to have come from troubled backgrounds.
Sometimes the children will be fostered for a short period of time, and others may remain in foster care until independence. If a child will not be returning to their family, then they may live with a foster carer until an adoptive family is found for them. All these roles performed by our foster carers are vital in helping the children adapt for their future life. The role a foster carer plays in their life will remain with them forever.
Do you want to make a real difference to a child’s life?
Further support with making the decision to become a foster carer
The following organisations will be able to offer support and advice in relation to the fostering process and the role of the foster carer.
The Fostering Network
A leading charity for all those involved in fostering it has influenced policy and campaigned for improvements in fostering for over 40 years
Website: The Fostering Network (opens in a new window)
Telephone: 0207 6206400
Post: 87, Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HA
CoramBAAF Adoption and Fostering Academy is the leading membership organisation dedicated to improving outcomes for children and young people in care by supporting the agencies and professionals who work with them.
CoramBAAF is part of the Coram Group of charities which has been advancing the welfare, education and rights of children in the UK for over 275 years.
Website: CoramBAAF (opens in a new window)
Telephone: 0207 5200300
Post: CoramBAAF, Coram Campus, 41 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AZ
Department for Education
Provides useful information including the legal aspects of fostering.
Website: Department for Education (opens in a new window)