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Fostering in Shrewsbury

Foster children and young people need foster carers in Shrewsbury and throughout the West Midlands. Become a foster carer with us and receive first class training, 24/7 support, peer support and a buddy scheme.

Become a foster carer in Shrewsbury

If you’re considering becoming a foster carer in Shrewsbury, choose a fostering agency with local teams who will be with you every step.

National Fostering Group is the largest independent fostering agency in the UK, with superb agency coverage across all regions, including the West Midlands – meaning you have the support of a team close to you.

We are the leading fostering agency in your area, working with your local authority to place children and young people in homes where they can thrive.

As a foster carer for the National Fostering Group, you’ll have unparalleled access to professional support and excellent free training in your local area. We want you to thrive too, being the best you can be in your role as foster carer.

In addition, as a foster carer with the leading fostering agencies in the UK, you’ll have access to a large and active peer network that includes several local support groups.

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The foster agency near you: Sunflower Fostering

Sunflower Fostering is a small agency with an excellent track record, based out of an office in Weston-under-Lizard, Shifnal. The team’s priority is to help foster children and young people achieve the best possible outcomes in life and maximise their own potential. Positive achievements are measured in terms of what matters to the foster children.

How much is the fostering allowance in Shrewsbury?

Our average foster carer pay is around £24,500 a year (£2,040 on average per month), which is far higher than the government’s recommended weekly allowance. For most foster carers in Shrewsbury, this will be tax free! Some types of fostering placement pay more than £35,000 a year. Foster carer pay doesn’t affect state benefits you’re currently receiving.

When she calls me dad, it makes me feel amazing. What more could I ask for, I see her as my daughter, not my foster daughter.

Jason, foster carer

Foster in Shrewsbury: getting started

If you think you’d like to become a foster carer in Shrewsbury or another location in the West Midlands, your next step is to have a chat. You can book a call by using our enquiry form. After this, if you decide to go ahead with an application, this usually takes around 16 weeks and we’ll help you every step of the way. We’ll help you decide what types of fostering you want to do and we’ll even get you started with foster carer training.

Can I foster in Shrewsbury?

We are looking for foster carers in Shrewsbury and the wider Midlands area. We welcome people from ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds, physical abilities and the LGBT+ community. You can be single, married, a homeowner or a tenant. Your ability to care for and nurture a child is what really matters. If you’ve worked in sectors like education, the emergency services, care or healthcare, you’ll be especially suited to this role.

Fostering agencies in Shrewsbury

  • Established for more than two decades, National Fostering Group has teams (agencies) across the UK
  • Our fostering agencies in the Midlands have been rated as GOOD by Ofsted
  • Our foster carers in Shrewsbury have access to several foster parent support groups
  • Agency head office is in Shifnal and local fostering professionals support you 24/7
  • You will receive a generous fostering allowance for a child in your care
  • People from all walks of life are suitable to become a foster parent
  • Many types of fostering are available in Shrewsbury and the surrounding area, including emergency and long-term placements
  • You’ll get excellent free training on different aspects of fostering at a local venue

Fostering in Shrewsbury and the East Midlands

Hundreds of children are currently fostered or waiting to find foster parents in and around Shrewsbury. National Fostering Group has local offices across the West Midlands, Bridgnorth, Ironbridge, Telford, Albrighton and Newport.

We have found that National Fostering Group are always happy to offer sound and professional advice whenever you need it. They also hold lots of events that enable you to meet up and obtain support from other foster carers too, which helps to build your support networks. We feel that they really make you feel part of their family.

Melissa, foster carer, East Midlands

UK fostering

Our foster carers come from all walks of life. With training, support and a generous fostering allowance, they provide homes where children can thrive and experience the childhood they deserve. More than 9,000 new foster carers are needed UK-wide to provide homes for children in need of a foster family. If you’re thinking of becoming a foster carer, now’s the time.

Source: The Fostering Network

Fostering statistics

Around 7,070 children live with a foster family in the West Midlands. There are approximately 45,370 fostering households and 76,640 foster carers in England.

Sources: Department for Education, Ofsted

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