Find out about fostering

Published: Friday, August 30, 2019

Meet the council’s fostering team and find out whether a career as a foster carer is for you at a series of town hall events this autumn.

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Meet the council’s fostering team and find out whether a career as a foster carer is for you at a series of town hall events this autumn.

The council offers a range of support and training to help people meet the challenges involved and provide the stable, caring environment in which young people can thrive. Carers also receive allowances and fees to cover the financial costs involved.  

Carers can be married or single, gay or straight, a homeowner or renting, and from any cultural background.  All they need is a spare bedroom and a willingness to provide a home for a child in need.

The council is constantly in need of new recruits to replace those who are retiring from fostering and to help look after the growing number of children in need of care – including teenagers and groups of siblings. Single foster carers, or at least one member of a couple, must be aged between 25 and 60 and be in good health. 

Jeffery has been in foster care since he was six and is now at college. He said: "I would say to anyone thinking of fostering, that when your motive is to benefit the child it's a brilliant, rewarding experience. You're benefiting a child's life and pointing them in a positive direction."

The council’s cabinet member for education and children’s services, Cllr Will Sweet, said: “If you are thinking of fostering, find out what Wandsworth Council can offer you. You will play a crucial role in providing a stable, loving home for a child or young person and in return we will provide you will all the support you need.”

There are three upcoming events on September 19, October 17 and November 21 at Wandsworth Town Hall. You can go along to one of three sessions: 10am-noon, 2pm-4pm or 6pm-8pm.

To find out more, and book your place