Why Foster for Telford & Wrekin Council?

There are many emotional, social and economic benefits to becoming a Foster Carer. Ultimately, fostering makes a positive impact on children and young people's lives. Even if you only have a child for a short period of time, you have the ability to nurture the child, teach lifelong lessons and set positive examples for their future.

The many benefits of becoming a Foster Carer include:

  • Making a difference to a child's life.
  • Experiencing a sense of achievement from helping others.
  • Enjoying having children in your life.
  • Gaining satisfaction from helping a child learn and develop.
  • Having an opportunity to use your parenting or life skills.
  • Helping your own family learn to share and care for others.
  • Taking on a fresh challenge, whatever your age.

Telford and Wrekin have a dedicated team to support you from enquiry through to becoming an approved foster carer and beyond.

Some of the other benefits of fostering for Telford and Wrekin are:

  • We will provide you with an excellent induction and regular training so you've got a great foundation to work from.
  • A personal and individualised development plan will be available for all foster carers.
  • We know the children that we place with our foster families.
  • We have close links and access to the children's social work teams.
  • The children in our foster care get a choice of placement as far as possible and are shown the foster carer profiles when matching.
  • We make transferring from an Independent Fostering Agency (IFA) simple.
  • The children you care for are local so the waiting times for matching and between placements will be less than with an Independent Fostering Agency (IFA).
  • We will ensure that you feel valued and listened to as Telford and Wrekin foster carers.
  • We offer competitive fees and allowances which we review annually.
  • We have an annual survey consultation with foster carers to inform service development and improvements.
  • Regular foster carer consultation groups.
  • Annual foster carer conference.
  • Peer support opportunities.
  • We are a not for profit service.
  • We offer a generous 'refer a friend' scheme.
  • Unlike other agencies we are committed to making the transition into fostering as smooth as possible. We are passionate about placing Telford and Wrekin children in Telford and Wrekin homes, critically within 10 miles of their 'home'.
  • Dedicated training facilitator.
  • Bespoke training to meet the needs of children and young people in Telford and Wrekin.
  • Membership of the Fostering Network.
  • Membership of Foster Care Association.
  • Telford Loyalty Card (TLC).
  • Excellent support packages.
  • Access to a therapist.
  • Access to a counselling service.
  • Fostering Support Workers.
  • Direct access to looked after children and adolescent mental health professionals.
  • Out of hours advice line.
  • Our team is highly experienced - and obviously we are biased but we also don't think you'll find a friendlier team to work with!