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Everything you need to know about fostering

Fostering happens when children are unable to live with their birth parents or family.

This can be for a whole variety of reasons. Sometimes they may have experienced abuse, neglect or a parent may become ill and unable to care for their child.

You can foster if you...

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  • Are aged over 21

  • Can read, write and speak English well

  • Have a spare bedroom for a foster child to stay in 

  • Live within 20 miles of the Solihull boundary, to help you attend meetings and get involved in our community

Do you think that could be you?

We’d be delighted to hear from you.

What do foster carers do?

As a foster carer, you’ll give vulnerable children from Solihull a safe environment to grow and learn, helping to improve their confidence and happiness one day at a time.

Depending on the child’s individual circumstances, you may provide care for a couple of days, a few years or until adulthood. There are many types of fostering, including full-time, part-time and specialist care. 

To carry out the role of a foster carer, you’ll be supported by a highly professional team of social workers and offered on-going training.

You will work as part of a team of professionals to help create a better future for Solihull's children and young people. 

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We believe that all Solihull’s children should grow up with a sense of belonging. All children and young people should grow up feeling safe, supported and appreciated.

Anna Stephens, Head of Service for Fostering, Adoption and Residential Children’s Homes