Across the West Midlands, over 8470 children or young people are in foster care, but there’s another 950 that are waiting for a loving and stable home.

Fostering for your local council means that you’re part of a team.  You’ll receive an outstanding level of support, as well as  access to qualifications and training and financial support.

Moreover, you’ll be helping to keep local children in local communities.  All children that need foster carers are the responsibility of the local council who will place the children with their own local foster carers before approaching Independent Fostering Agencies.  It  means that if you  foster with your council,  you’ll have child placed with you quicker, and the child will be closer to the people and places they know.

The councils in the West Midlands think that what they can offer potential foster carers and children is good.  So good, that they’ve come together to build this groundbreaking website and tell you about it.

If you already work for an Independent Fostering Agency, you should contact your council to see how they can offer you more.

 Who’s involved?

  • Birmingham City Council
  • City of Stoke on Trent Council
  • Coventry City Council
  • Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Herefordshire Council
  • Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Shropshire Council
  • Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Staffordshire County Council
  • Telford and Wrekin Council
  • Walsall Council
  • Warwickshire County Council
  • Worcestershire County Council
  • Wolverhampton City Council

You can find out more about fostering for your local council here.

Why foster for your local authority?

Children and young people who cannot live with their own families need foster carers. This can happen for any number of reasons but they all have one thing in common – they all need a stable and happy home.

A happy home means a happy child; a child that has the basics they need to go on and reach their potential, and contribute to their community.

There’s no ‘typical’ foster carer and children of all ages and backgrounds need your help.

All children that need foster carers are ‘looked after’ by their council. lt’s the council’s responsibility to find homes for them.  Their aim is to find local carers for local children.

All councils offer:

  • outstanding practical, social and emotional support for you and your family
  • fostering on a flexible basis – weekend, respite, short-term and long-term fostering on a temporary or permanent basis
  • financial support – professional  fees and allowances for essentials

Could you foster?

If you’re interested in fostering for your local authority, click here to find out what to do next.