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Why Foster for us?

Fostering a child with 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, you have the ability to nurture the child, teach lifelong lessons and set positive examples for their future.  

When a young person comes into care with Telford & Wrekin, we first try to find a home with one of our foster families.  This means that you will receive a young person into your care that is a match to your family quicker than if you are registered with an independent fostering agency and with fewer gaps between placements.

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

Unlike other agencies, we are committed to making the transition into fostering with Telford & Wrekin as smooth as possible.  We are passionate about placing children from the Telford and Wrekin area in Telford and Wrekin homes, critically, within 10 miles of their home.

some of the many benefits of fostering for Telford & Wrekin include:

  • Access to local training, including an excellent induction programme giving you a great foundation from which to work with ongoing and regular learning and development opportunities.
  • Specialist training in a family based therapeutic model of parenting.
  • A personal and individualised development plan available for all foster carers.
  • We know all the children that we place with foster carers.
  • We have close links with and access to the children's social work teams.
  • We respect the views of our children who get a choice of placement as far as possible and show them 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 IFA.
  • We will ensure that as Telford & Wrekin foster carers, you feel valued and heard.
  • We offer competitive fees and allowances that we review annually.
  • We hold an annual survey consultation with foster carers to inform service development and improvements.
  • Regular foster carer forums.
  • Annual foster carer conference.
  • Peer support opportunities.
  • We are a not for profit service.
  • We offer a generous 'refer a friend' scheme.
  • 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 the Telford 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 children and adolescent mental health professionals for children in care.
  • An out of hours advice line.

Our team is highly qualified and experienced and of course, we are biased, but we also don't think you'll find a friendlier team with which to work.