Ideal Fostering is a well established independent fostering agency. We are based in Walsall in the West Midlands and cover areas throughout Staffordshire, including Rugeley, Burntwood, Tamworth, Cannock, Stoke on Trent, Stafford, Newcastle under Lyme and Lichfield
We are urgently looking for more foster carers in the area, from all walks of life, as there is a real shortage of loving, devoted foster parents and stable, loving homes. Ask any of our foster carers, there is quite simply nothing more rewarding a person can do.
Are you a caring, empathetic and patient person? If you can offer plenty of love and support for children and young people, with a spare room to hand, then you may be the ideal candidate!
All of our prospective foster carers have access to excellent training and support, bespoke to their needs to support them on their way to becoming a foster carer.
As well as this, we have an experienced team of supervising social workers, local support groups, support workers and managers who can provide comprehensive support 24/7 to our foster parents and answer any questions. Indeed, we are renowned in the area for the exceptional and unparalleled support we offer.
“Managers and Staff are enthusiastic and passionate about children, young people and foster carers”. Ofsted 2018
We also pay our foster carers some of the highest rates in the country, as we see all of them as professionals and our partners, helping us to achieve the best outcomes for our foster children and ensuring their needs are put first above all. Unlike many of our competitors who are driven by profit, our sole focus is the children placed with us and the foster carers who look after them.
Over the years, our team has worked hard to build strong relationships with Staffordshire Local authority, making us ideally placed to offer high quality, child-focused placements with our foster carers.
"Children and young people are provided with stability and security”. Ofsted 2018
This is a question we get asked many times by those interested in fostering in Staffordshire. Whilst most people think of just long-term fostering, there are actually many other types to meet the needs of children in Staffordshire.
Long term fostering - This is foster care usually until the child reaches 18 or is no longer in care. This is an agreement in the child’s care plan in order to safeguard and promote the child’s welfare.
Short term fostering - This is when a child may need support for a short period of time, perhaps days or months whilst a longer term solution is found.
Respite fostering - This is when the child has a short break away from their birth family or care carers, often to give children an opportunity to gain new experiences and develop bonds outside their normal environment.
Emergency care - This is when a child may need to be placed into care due to unforeseen circumstances, often at short notice.
Parent and Child Fostering - These are short term placements where both the parent and child stay with you to help develop the parents’ skills whilst they learn from you.
Supported lodgings - This type of placement is where a young person who may be at risk of homelessness or is about to leave the care system stays with you to learn vital practical skills in a safe place.
Would you like to hear more? Would you like to start your journey with us? Please contact us and a member of our team will be very pleased to speak to you! Contact Us for more details on how you can get involved in foster care.
There are so many things that you can do as a foster family in Staffordshire and we recommend you check out sites including Enjoy Staffordshire, Trip Advisor and Days Out With the Kids for even more suggestions but to get you started here are a couple of ideas.
For thrill seekers, Staffordshire is home to two of the largest theme parks in the UK, with both Alton Towers and Drayton Manor in the region.
For families who prefer to be closer to nature, Staffordshire is home to some of the most beautiful countryside in the country, with Longton Park and the beautiful Cannock Chase as well as Westport and RSPB Middleton Lakes. Staffordshire is also right on the doorstep of the Peak District National Park.
The area is rich in history, with the world-famous Staffordshire Potteries and the National Memorial Arboretum, as well as older historical buildings such as Tamworth Castle and Lichfield Cathedral.
Also, for those families with older foster children and teenagers, there are many shopping destinations throughout Staffordshire in Stoke on Trent, Lichfield, Burton and Stafford for you to go or them to hang out with their new friends. Also the cities of Wolverhampton and Birmingham are just a short train ride away - filled with cinemas, theatres, shopping malls, restaurants and more.