Fostering events near you

Upcoming recruitment and information events for foster carers.

Information evenings and recruitment days are a great way to find out more about fostering. You will learn more about the practicalities, and meet others involved in the process. Please see below for upcoming fostering events in 2014...

You can also look for adoption events in your area.

To coincide with Foster Care Fortnight, BAAF launched a new video, 'A Foster Care Film'.

For more information about permanent fostering, you can read Be My Parent's online features and real-life stories or read about the fostering process.

The National Fostering Agency - Recruiting foster carers!

The National Fostering Agency are looking for anybody who may be interested in fostering. Please contact them for an informal chat or feel free to register your interest at the National Fostering Agency website and someone will call you back.

For more info contact Laura Watkins via email or call her on 0845 4345760.

Barnardo’s fostering and adoption information events

Barnardo’s fostering and adoption run regular information sessions at their projects across the UK.

Find out more about becoming a foster carer or adoptive parent in your area by attending a Barnardo’s fostering and adoption information event near you.

LONDON

Fostering Support Group drop-in sessions

Events will be held every Monday and Thursday from 10am to 2pm at 29-31 Westow Street, Crystal Palace, London SE19 3RW. For more information contact: Denise Dickenson on tel: 0208 771 6167; email or visit

Barking and Dagenham specialist fostering recruitment event

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham are holding a recruitment event for specialist foster carers. They pay a generous allowance of up to £759.00 per week and offer outstanding support. Pop in for a chat at any time during the day.

10am-4pm Thursday 24 April at Pitstop Office, 2 Stour Road, Dagenham RM10 7JG

For further information contact Ingrid Dias on tel: 020 8227 5191/5248, email, or visit

Sunbeam fostering, New Southgate (London)

The Eastern European Centre is having an Open Day and Sunbeam Fostering will be there providing information and recruiting foster carers from different backgrounds.

Eastern European Centre, 26 Frien Barnet Road, New Southgate, London N11 1NA, Saturday 5 April, 11am-3pm

For more information contact Sunbeam Fostering on Tel: 020 8799 0930, email or visit

Camden open information evenings

Camden Council’s fostering team holds information sessions throughout the year for people interested in fostering. For more information and to book a place to attend, please visit their website or contact the fostering team either by phone on 0800 0281 436 or email

Their events are by invitation only.

Camden is part of the North London Fostering Consortium.

Information evenings for foster carers in Harrow

Harrow Council are running information evenings for prospective foster carers every last Thursday of the month between 7pm and 9pm at the Civic Centre in Harrow. To find out more, contact the Family Placement service on 020 8728 8871, or via email. You can also visit the Harrow Council website.

Interested in fostering in Kent or London?

Action for Children is looking for foster carers who can help children and young people transform their lives with the right care and support. We are looking for carers throughout Kent and London.

If you can offer a safe, caring home to vulnerable children, we can offer you excellent training and 24 hour support. You'll never be on your own as we're always just a phone call away, and you'll get generous fees, allowances and planned breaks.

To find out more call the Broad Options foster care team on 01843 601 101 (for Kent) or 020 7708 3206 (for London), or find out more information on the Action for Children website.

CENTRAL ENGLAND

Would you like to foster in the West Midlands?

National Fostering Agency (NFA) are holding a series of 'Talk to Us' events to recruit foster carers in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Telford and Dudley. If you would like to find out a little more about fostering in any of these areas then please contact them for an informal chat. They look forward to speaking with you soon!

Call Laura Watkins on 0845 4345760, email, or visit National Fostering Agency's website.

Looking to foster in the East Midlands?

National Fostering Agency (NFA) are holding a series of 'Talk to Us' events to recruit foster carers in Derby, Nottingham, Leicester, Northampton and the surrounding areas. If you would like to find out a little more about fostering in any of these areas then please contact them for an informal chat. They look forward to speaking with you soon!

Call Laura Watkins on 0845 4345760, email, or visit National Fostering Agency's website.

Foster carers needed in the Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull area

National Fostering Agency (NFA) are holding a series of 'Talk to Us' events to recruit foster carers in the Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull areas. If you would like to find out a little more about fostering in any of these areas then please contact them for an informal chat. They look forward to speaking with you soon!

Call Laura Watkins on 0845 4345760, email, or visit the National Fostering Agency's website.

SOUTHERN ENGLAND

Discover more about fostering with Bristol City Council

Go along to one of their informal and relaxed information sessions where you will meet experienced staff and foster carers who can give you an insight into what it is like to be a foster carer and the process involved in becoming one of the team of Bristol City Council foster carers. Sessions will be held in the evenings from 6.30-8.00pm every six weeks at Bristol Town Hall. Please telephone 0117 3534200 to find out when the next session will be. You can also visit the Bristol council fostering website

Impact Workshops! Monthly information evenings for foster carers in Bristol

Foster Care Associates are running monthly information evenings at their regional office, 13 Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1PB, for people interested in becoming a foster carer.

This is an opportunity to have an informal chat with experienced foster carers and members of the Social Work team.

For more information, call a member of the recruitment team on 0117 923 383, email, or visit the Foster Care Associate website.

Berkshire drop-in information session

Foster Care Associates are holding information
sessions every Monday from 10am-4pm at:
Core Assets Fostering/FCA, 71 Reading Road, Woodley, Berkshire, RG5 3AE

For more information about the sessions contact the team of fostering advisors on
Tel: 0800 023 4561, email or visit the website

Southampton drop-in information session

Foster Care Associates are holding information
sessions every Thursday from 10am-2pm at:
Core Assets Fostering/FCA, Trelew Building, Ashurst Lodge, Lyndhurst Road, Southampton SO40 7AA

For more information about the sessions contact the team of fostering advisors on
Tel: 0800 023 4561, email or visit the website

National Fostering Agency Talk to Us events: London, Buckinghamshire and Surrey

The National Fostering Agency (NFA) are holding a series of Talk to Us events to recruit foster carers throughout Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. For more information about fostering telephone Peter Norman for an informal chat on 0845 434 5762, email or register on NFA's website

Reading adoption and fostering information evening

Parents and Children Together (PACT) runs informal evenings for couples or individuals interested in adoption or fostering. Each event is led by a PACT social worker and will include a talk from someone who has adopted or fostered through PACT.

The next one is being held on: Monday 31 March at 6.30pm at 9 Southern Court, South Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 4QS

Please contact Jayne Stonestreet for more information on: tel: 01189 387 600, Email or visit

NORTH

Fostering Fridays in Blackburn!

Are you thinking of fostering?

For an informal chat about fostering, come along to the offices of Keys Fostering Services at 3B Dalton Court, Blackburn Interchange, Blackburn, Lancashire BB3 0DG, on any Friday afternoon.

You can also look at the Keys Fostering Services website or call the information line on 01254 777460 any day of the week to discuss fostering in more detail.

Talk with Northumberland foster carers!

Come and meet the family placement team and hear more about fostering in Northumberland.

To find out more about events, contact Caroline Matthews in the family placement team on 01670 534450, email or visit
Northumberland County Council's family placement team website

Foster carers needed in Liverpool, Wigan and Cheshire!

Orange Grove Fostercare is looking to recruit foster carers. You could earn up to £430.50 per child per week, receive training bonuses, mileage costs and a robust monthly training programme.

For more information, please call 0151 356 5341 or email.

Looking to foster in the North East?

Barnardo’s Family Placement Unit and Disability Service is looking to recruit foster carers in the North East region. They are looking for carers to provide emergency, short term and permanent accommodation and care for children from a diverse range of backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures and religions. Barnardo's has over 30 years experience of placing children with families. They offer excellent support and training and generous financial assistance.

For more information, please call 0191 492 9000, or visit the Barnardo’s website.

Do you live in the Tameside area and have the skills to foster?

The Tameside Fostering Unit is looking to recruit foster carers with high levels of commitment, time and a good understanding of children’s needs.

They currently need placements for children aged 0 - 17 years of age from a diverse range of backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures and religions. They are particularly looking for black and mixed heritage foster carers. Some of their children have complex needs due to their early life experiences.

You will receive a high level of training and support from the Fostering Team, and be financially rewarded. Fostering can be a challenging yet rewarding experience. Can you meet the challenge?

To find out more, call 0161 368 8865, email or write to The Fostering Unit, Union Street, Hyde SK14 1ND.

Greater Manchester foster carer recruitment events

The National Fostering Agency is recruiting foster carers across Greater Manchester now. If you are interested in finding out how you can make a difference to a child’s life, then why not attend one of our open days and take the first step into becoming a foster carer.

Children who come into care need a warm and safe family environment in which they can grow and achieve their full potential. Becoming a foster carer is the first step you can take to make a real difference to a child or young person’s life.

As a foster carer you will need...

• To have the time and energy to invest in a child or young person
• To be flexible and non-judgemental, a well as patient and understanding
• To have a minimum of one spare bedroom for a child
• To undertake the fostering role in a full-time capacity

The National Fostering Agency is one of the most established independent fostering agencies in the country, committed to providing quality care for the children placed with us. We provide professional training for all our carers, who will also receive support from our highly qualified staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, NFA carers receive a generous tax-free allowance (Subject to status).

They are particularly interested in hearing from you if you are considering fostering:

• Sibling groups
• Children aged 11+
• Children and young people with complex needs

Fostering Information Events are taking place at the following;

Wednesday 28 May, 6-8pm (with presentation at 7pm) at The Life Centre, 235 Washway Road, Sale M33 4BP

Saturday 31 May, 11am–1pm (with presentation at 12pm, The Life Centre, 35 Washway Road, Sale M33 4BP

Saturday 12 April, 11am-1pm and Tuesday 15 April, 6-8pm (with presentation at 7pm), Flixton House, Flixton Road, Manchester M41 4GJ

Wednesday 16 April, 2-6.30pm Humphrey Park Community Centre, Humphrey Lane, Urmston, Manchester M41 9PT

If you are unable to attend one of their events but are interested in transforming a child’s life, please contact Iain on 0845 434 5764 or visit the NFA's website

Calling foster carers in Bradford!

Foster Care Action for Children (formerly NCH) would like to recruit ten foster carers in the Bradford area. For more information, please call 0845 200 5162 or see the Foster Care Action for Children (formerly NCH) website.

LGBT Fostering and Adoption with Stockton Borough Council drop-in event

If you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and thinking about starting a family, go along to the drop-in event and get information about fostering and adoption with Stockton Council. Social workers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have around the process and the support available to you, and there will also be an opportunity to meet LGBT families who can share their experiences of fostering and adoption.

The event is on Tuesday 18 March 5pm-7pm at Stockton Central Library (Jim Cooke Conference Suite), Church Road, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1TU

If you’d like to attend please call: 01642 526 115, Email or visit

Fostering open evenings in Stockport

Stockport's Family Placement Team is holding open evenings on the first Tuesday of every month from 6 - 7.30pm, at Reddish Green Centre, St Elisabeth's Way, Reddish Green, Stockport SK5 6BL.

For more information, call 0161 947 4646, email, or visit Stockport's website.

Thinking of fostering for Blackburn and Darwen?

They hold regular information and recruitment events throughout the year. It's a chance to find out more about fostering, meet existing foster carers and ask any questions in an informal, friendly environment. Why not pop along to find out more, without obligation?

If you can't make one of our evenings, but would like to receive an information pack, please contact the fostering and adoption team by email or call on 0800 328 6919

WALES

Foster Care Associates/Core Assets – series of recruitment and information events in Gloucester and Wales

Drop in/open day for prospective foster carers: 24 March 2014, 10am - 6pm, FCA/Core Assets office, Castle Bailey House, Phoenix Way, Enterprise Park, Swansea SA7 9FS

Career in Social Care and Child Care Recruitment Fair: 27 March 2014, 10am - 3pm, Rhyl Town Hall, 22 Wellington Road, Rhyl, Clwyd LL18 1BA

Recruitment stand for prospective foster carers: *4 April 2014, 10am - 4pm, Asda Gloucester Superstore, Bruton Way, Gloucester GL1 1DS *

Information stand for prospective foster carers: 11 April 2014, 10am - 4pm, Asda Gloucester Superstore, Bruton Way, Gloucester GL1 1DS

For more information, visit the Foster Care Associates website, call 0800 023 4561 or email.

Isle of Anglesey fostering drop-in information sessions

The Isle of Anglesey County Council is looking for new foster carers to join its dedicated team. Its Child Placement Team will be holding regular ‘drop-in information sessions’ across Anglesey. These sessions are intended to raise awareness of fostering to highlight the urgent need for more foster carers and call on everyone to get behind fostering and support children in care.

If you would like more information about fostering, please go along for an informal chat:

Wednesday 26 March 2-7pm, Amlwch Leisure Centre, Pentrefelin, Amlwch, Anglesey LL68 9TH
Friday 18 April 10am-4pm, Anglesey Scarecrow Festival, Llangefni
Saturday 19 April 10am-3pm, Ucheldre Centre, Millbank, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 1TE
Wednesday 25 June 9.30am-12.30, Menai Bridge Library, Wood Street, Menai Bridge, Anglesey LL59 5AS
Wednesday 27 June 9.30am-1pm, Holyhead Library, Newry Fields, Holyhead, Anglesey LL65 1LA

For further details about fostering, contact Llinos Parry, Recruitment & Marketing Office, Child Placement Team on 01248 752772, email or visit
Anglesey's fostering leaflet (634 KB)

SCOTLAND

Interested in fostering in Scotland?

Barnardo's run information sessions on the last Thursday of every month, between 2pm and 4pm for people interested in finding out more about what's involved in fostering. These are held at 6 Torpichen Street, Edinburgh EH3 8JQ.

For more information you can contact their Duty Social Worker on 0131 228 4121 or visit the Barnardo's website.

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Last updated: 23 April 14

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