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 2015 and 2016...

You can also look for adoption events in your area.

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.

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Fostering Solutions

Fostering Solutions run a number of information and recruitment events throughout the UK. To find an event near you, visit their website.

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 information 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.

SCOTLAND

Drop in information session in Dundee

Dundee City Council are running a drop in information session about adoption and fostering on 15 July 2015, 2-4pm at The Crescent, 71 Lothian Crescent, Dundee, DD4 0HU.

Find out more on their website.

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.

WALES

Fostering information evenings

Flintshire Fostering Services hold information events every month. To find out more contact Jill on 01352 702190, email or visit their website.

Become a foster carer in South Wales

Regional Foster Placements are a family run fostering agency recruiting foster carers across South Wales. They are looking for individuals and couples who are able to provide stability and security to children and young people from Welsh local communities. If you feel you would like to find out more about fostering for them please go along to their monthly information sessions or contact them via their website or call 02920263865. Please see the flyers below for further information. Regional Foster Placements (104 KB) Regional Foster Placements (Welsh) (107 KB)

Become a foster carer on Anglesey – maethu Môn!

Anglesey’s fostering service holds regular information sessions for anyone who would like to find out more. You can also drop in to the Council Offices in Llangefni on the first Friday of every month from 10am to 12.30pm for an informal chat about fostering. To book a place or for further information contact the Child Placement Team on 01248 752772, email fostering@anglesey.gov.uk or visit their website.

NORTHERN ENGLAND

Interested in fostering in Preston?

Caritas Care are running a fostering information session where you can have a chat to their team about becoming a foster carer. You will also be able to hear about the real experiences of foster carers. Come along on Thursday 16 July between 12pm and 8pm at Marian House, Beech Grove, Preston, PR2 1DU. RSVP to Ashleigh on 01772 732313. You can also find out more on their website.

Fostering in the North West

Foster Care Associates are running drop in sessions every Wednesday and Friday between 9am and 5pm at various venues in the North West of England. For details of where the events are taking place, have a look at the list of events on their website.

Interested in fostering in Carlisle?

Excel Fostering will be available at Tesco's in Carlisle on 3 July, between 10am and 4pm to answer all your questions. For more information visit their website.

Open evenings in Blackpool

Go along to one of Blackpool Council’s regular information evenings to find out more about fostering or adoption in Blackpool. The aim of the sessions is to help you decide whether to take the next step. For further details visit their website or email or contact the team on 01253 477888.

Interested in fostering for an outstanding independent fostering agency?

Alpha Plus Fostering is urgently looking for foster carers in all parts of Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire to look after children of all ages and from a wide variety of backgrounds. They particularly need carers who can look after single children and children in sibling groups of two or three in the age range 10 to 16. They have just been awarded their third consecutive “Outstanding” rating by Ofsted and offer generous allowances that are often tax free (subject to status), excellent training and fantastic 24-hour support support seven days a week by qualified social workers.

For more information about fostering for Alpha Plus please visit their website and fill in the request for information box. Alternatively call Ian on 0161 684 2323 or 0808 178 4747 (free from a landline) or text “Foster12” and your name to 88020.

Become a foster carer in Newcastle

Would you like to genuinely change a child’s life for the better? As a foster carer, you can earn a competitive salary ranging from £383-598 per week which will allow you to dedicate your time to fostering. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, Swiis Foster Care would be delighted to hear from you. They regularly attend events where they provide information and answer your questions in person.

Visit the events page on their website to find out where you can see them next. Alternatively, you can contact the team on 0191 236 1150 or via email.

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.

Myth busting events in Northumberland

Northumberland County Council are seeking foster carers for all ages of children, for short and long-term placements, but are particularly keen to hear from people interested in looking after school-age children, children on a long-term basis, as well as helping young adults move into independence. All ages of children need your help and support – and the agency gives you the support to help children and young people.

Whether you’re ready to make an enquiry or not, please go along to one of their myth busting events. These sessions, covering postcodes beginning in NE, TD or DH, give you the chance find out more and to meet up with some of the team, including young people, foster carers and adoptive parents. It is not a compulsory part of the recruitment process, but you can go along whether you have enquired or have started your application.

You are encouraged to call 01670 62 62 62 or email to book a place – but you can always pop along on the night. You can also visit Northumberland County Council's family placement team website for more information. Count yourself in! Change lives.

Myth busting events run from 6.45 to 8pm (sign in from 6.30pm) on the following dates:

5 August 2015 at Amble Development Trust Fourways 2, 6 Dilston terrace, NE65 0DT
7 October 2015 at The Fuse Media Centre, Moor road, Prudhoe ne42 5LJ
3 December 2015 at Ponteland Memorial Hall Darras Road, Ponteland, NE20 9NX
10 February 2016 at Ashington Children's Centre, Alexander Road, Ashington, NE63 9EF

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.

Become a foster carer in Darlington

Would you like to genuinely change a child’s life for the better? As a foster carer, you can earn a competitive salary ranging from £408-660 per week which will allow you to dedicate your time to fostering. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, Swiis Foster Care would be delighted to hear from you. They regularly attend events where they provide information and answer your questions in person.

Visit the events page on their website to find out where you can see them next. Alternatively, you can contact the team on 01325 387780 or via email.

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 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.

Become a foster carer in Leeds

Would you like to genuinely change a child’s life for the better? As a foster carer, you can earn a competitive salary ranging from £426-664 per week which will allow you to dedicate your time to fostering. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, Swiis Foster Care would be delighted to hear from you. They regularly attend events where they provide information and answer your questions in person.

Visit the events page on their website to find out where you can see them next. Alternatively, you can contact the team on 0121 452 7120 or via email.

Become a foster carer in Manchester

Would you like to genuinely change a child’s life for the better? As a foster carer, you can earn a competitive salary ranging from £350-600 per week which will allow you to dedicate your time to fostering. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, Swiis Foster Care would be delighted to hear from you. They regularly attend events where they provide information and answer your questions in person.

Visit the events page on their website to find out where you can see them next. Alternatively, you can contact the team on 0161 886 4580 or via email.

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.

Become a foster carer in Lancashire

Would you like to genuinely change a child’s life for the better? As a foster carer, you can earn a competitive salary ranging from £350-600 per week which will allow you to dedicate your time to fostering. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, Swiis Foster Care would be delighted to hear from you. They regularly attend events where they provide information and answer your questions in person.

Visit the events page on their website to find out where you can see them next! Alternatively, you can contact the team on 01706 833 130 or via email.

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, contact 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 via email or call 0800 328 6919.

CENTRAL ENGLAND

Fostering with Foster Care Associates

Foster Care Associates is running a series of awareness events where their staff with be on hand to chat with people interested in fostering and provide any advice needed.

6 July - Costa Coffee, Bromsgrove, 12-2pm
7 July - Tesco, Redditch, 10am-4pm
9 July - Morrisons, Bromsgrove, 10am-4pm
12 July - Bromsgrove Fete, Aston Fields Cricket Club, 11am-5pm
17 July - Worcester Angel Place, 10am-4pm
29 July - Worcester Hospital, 10am-4pm
30 July - Coventry Job Centre, 10am-2pm
3 August - Costa Coffee, Bromsgrove, 12-2pm
6 and 7 August - Quest Merry Hill, 10am-4pm
13 August - Worcester Guildhall, 10am-4pm
21 August - StarCity, Birmingham, 10am-4pm
7 September - Costa Coffee, Bromsgrove, 12-2pm
12 September - Kingston Show, Hereford
2 November - Costa Coffee, Bromsgrove, 12-2pm
7 December - Costa Coffee, Bromsgrove, 12-2pm

For more information, visit their website.

Become a foster carer in Birmingham

Would you like to genuinely change a child’s life for the better? As a foster carer, you can earn a competitive salary ranging from £412-798 per week which will allow you to dedicate your time to fostering. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, Swiis Foster Care would be delighted to hear from you. They regularly attend events providing information and answer your questions in person.

Visit the events page on their website to find out where you can see them next. Alternatively, you can contact the team on 0121 452 7120 or via email.

Would you like to foster in the Midlands?

Foster carers are urgently needed in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Telford, Dudley, Derby, Nottingham, Leicester, Northampton, Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull. National Fostering Agency (NFA) are holding a series of 'Talk to Us' events to recruit foster carers in these 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.

SOUTHERN ENGLAND

Fostering in Plymouth

The Foster Care Associates team will be at Plymouth Pride on 8 August 2015 to answer all your questions about becoming a foster carer. For more information contact Sarah on 01752 697 300, email, or visit their website.

Kent and Essex fostering information open days

Supported Fostering Services (SFS) is a registered charity, always looking for compassionate, resilient and reliable people who can make a positive difference in a child’s life. Would you like to help a child when they need it, by giving them a safe home? Make a life difference.

Please visit their website or email to find out more about fostering with SFS. For more information about their events contact Greg on 01474 365500 visit their website or email.

Fostering in the Thames Valley

Foster Care Associates are running coffee and cake morning where you can find out all about fostering on Friday 10 July and Friday 9 October, 10am-2pm, FCA Thames Valley, Wendover Office, Hale Court, Hale Road, Wendover, Bucks, HP22, 6NJ.

Find out more about what they offer on their website.

Recruiting foster carers in Bristol

Excel Fostering are organising a drop in session at their Bristol office, 130 Aztec West Park Avenue, Almondsbury, Bristol, 32 4UB,on 29 July between 10 am and 4pm. For more information visit their website.

Information events in Bristol

Could you do something incredible and change a life by becoming a foster carer? Why not pop along to an information event in Bristol run by Foster Care Associates every third Tuesday of each month from 10am to 2pm at Eden Office Park, 64 Macrae Road, Ham Green, Bristol, BS20 0DD. Carers and social workers from the Bristol team will be on hand to answer any questions and offer advice on how to get involved and help dozens of young people in the area who are in need of a foster family.
Visit the events page on their website to find out where you can see them next. Alternatively, you can contact the team on 01275 813610.

Become a foster carer in Whitstable

Heath Farm Children's Services are looking for people from all backgrounds, all over Kent, who can offer a secure and loving home to children in our care. In return we offer a generous reward package, an extensive training programme, and structured career development. You will receive full support from their team of therapists, Buddying/Mentoring Scheme and Children’s Rights Worker as well as:

• Training and support group meeting venues across Kent
• 23 nights respite per year
• 24-hour support, 365 days a year
• Supervised contact supported by trained facilitators.

For more information call Carlene on 01233 712030 (#240), via email or visit their website.

Already a foster carer? Call to find out how you could benefit from their TRANSFER REWARD SCHEME

Become a foster carer in the Home Counties

Would you like to genuinely change a child’s life for the better? As a foster carer, you can earn a competitive salary ranging from £375–750 per week which will allow you to dedicate your time to fostering. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, Swiis Foster Care would be delighted to hear from you. They regularly attend events where we provide information and answer your questions in person.

Visit the events page on their website to find out where you can see them next. Alternatively, you can contact the team on 0333 577 1234 or via email.

Kent fostering information sessions

Kent County Council Foster carers really do change the lives of vulnerable children - find out how you can make a difference for a Kent child. Although 168 families, couples and single people became foster carers in the county last year, there is still a shortage in Kent, especially carers for older children and teens, sibling groups and children with disabilities. Fostering is a paid role, and age and experience are not a barrier. Foster carers are fully trained and supported throughout their time fostering with Kent County Council and there are plenty of opportunities to meet with other foster carers.

There are regular Information Sessions for new foster carers and Kent County Council urge anyone who believes they have the space in their homes and lives for vulnerable children to come and find out more. These sessions will also provide an opportunity to hear more about what it means to be a foster carer and hear experiences of foster carers first hand.

For those who want to find out more about fostering for Kent County Council and future sessions, visit the website
or contact the Initial Enquiries Team on 03000 420 002 or via email.

Become a foster carer in Bristol

Would you like to genuinely change a child’s life for the better? As a foster carer, you can earn a competitive salary ranging from £370–700 per week which will allow you to dedicate your time to fostering. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, Swiis Foster Care would be delighted to hear from you. They hold Open Days every Wednesday which take place at their local office (2nd Floor, 4 Colston Avenue, Bristol BS1 4ST) from 9am to 5pm and give you the opportunity to meet the team. They also regularly attend events to provide information and answer your questions in person.

Visit the events page on their website to find out where you can see them next. Alternatively, you can contact the team on 0117 906 5299 or via email

Berkshire drop-in information session

Foster Care Associates are holding information sessions every Monday from 10am to 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 0800 023 4561, email or visit the website.

Southampton drop-in information session

Foster Care Associates are holding information sessions every Thursday from 10am to 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 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.

Please contact Jayne Stonestreet for more information on 01189 387 600, email or visit their website.

LONDON

Fostering information open days in London

Supported Fostering Services (SFS) is a registered charity, always looking for compassionate, resilient and reliable people who can make a positive difference in a child’s life. Would you like to help a child when they need it, by giving them a safe home? Make a life difference.
Please visit their website or email to find out more about fostering with SFS.

A fostering information event will be held in South London on 12 July 2015 from 12noon to 8pm at Lewisham People's Day in Mounsfield Park, Catford.

For more information about the events above contact: Greg on 01474 365500 visit their website or email.

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Fostering Support Group (FSG)

Could you offer your home to a child or young person in need? Do you have:
• a real interest in looking after children
• a spare bedroom
• good supportive networks
• an ability to work with professionals
• flexibility to foster young people from 11-18 years?

Then FSG would like to hear from you. They can offer:
• a competitive fostering allowance
• two weeks paid respite
• ongoing training
• out of hours support

FSG hold regular information sessions and coffee mornings. If you are interested in finding out more about what's involved in fostering then go along to the FSG office Monday to Friday between 10 am and 5pm in South East London and speak to a member of the team who will be happy to sit with you and discuss any concerns you may have. Address: 29-31 Westow Street, Crystal Palace, London SE19 3RW.

For more information contact: Denise Dickenson on 0208 771 6167 visit their website or email fostering@supportgroup.com.

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 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.

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