An Extra 1,000 Foster Families Required In the West Midlands
Being able to change and improve the life of a child or young person is something that everybody has the opportunity to do, so why aren’t there more people coming forward to become foster carers?
Sadly, and for whatever reason, not everybody understands what fostering is, why it’s so desperately required, and what skills are needed to become a foster carer.
Ultimately, the UK’s leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, are on the search for more foster families, as there is currently an ‘urgent need’ to provide homes for the children and young people in foster care at present. This includes fostering teenagers, children with disabilities, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and siblings.
With the numbers of children entering the care system on the rise, 9,000 additional foster families are being sought nationwide to meet this growing demand. We recently spoke about the need to attract 1,300 extra foster families in the North West, but it is estimated that 1,000 new foster carers are also required in the West Midlands.
The Chief Executive of the The Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, took time out to comment on the remarkable work being undertaken by the country’s existing foster families, and also spoke about the need of attracting more fresh blood to the industry.
“Foster carers perform an invaluable duty to the state, a duty that serves the rest of the community as a whole.”
“Foster families give children and young people the opportunity of the childhood they truly deserve, a childhood that otherwise they may not have had . . . All prospective foster carers will be provided with the highest level of training and support, however, it’s also important that they possess a range of skills and qualities, as well as a real determination to help make a difference.”
Who can become a foster carer in the West Midlands?
In addition to covering vast parts of the North West, we do provide opportunities for anyone looking to become a foster carer in the West Midlands as well. These areas include Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.
The great thing about foster care that it’s extremely diverse in terms of who can become a foster carer and the young people who require looking after. It also doesn’t matter whether you’re married, single, widowed, divorced or in a civil-partnership, as everyone has the same opportunity to join our very welcoming fostering community.
All we ask is that you can offer a child or young person a bedroom of their own, that you’re over the age of 21, are financially stable and have a comprehensive understanding of the english language. It’s really all that’s required to be able to apply!
You don’t even need any previous experience or qualifications in childcare to start your journey as a foster carer. It’s because all the support, training and guidance you’ll need will be provided to you by our team of experienced and passionate social workers.
As a foster carer you’ll also benefit from considerable tax relief, as well as a rather generous foster care allowance based upon your level of experience.
In order to ensure that children and young people are provided with the best level of care and support within placements that are safe, stable and meet their longer-term requirements, we need to make sure that more and more people pluck up the courage to become foster carers in the West Midlands.