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Fostering in Pelsall There is no better gift to give a child than a family. Fostering in Pelsall There is no better gift to give a child than a family.

Fostering in with Sunbeam Fostering Agency

Do you live in ? And looking for a local fostering agency with whom you want to become a foster carer? Sunbeam Fostering Agency is one of the largest in the UK. We offer up to £650 per child per week with local staff at hand in .

Become a foster carer in with Sunbeam Fostering Agency.

Become a foster carer in

Sunbeam Fostering Agency is one of the largest in the UK, we have offices in London, Coventry with resource centres in Northampton, Nottingham, Birmingham, Wembley, Walthamstow, Croydon, Eastleigh and a register sister agency in Luton”

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    Resource Center: Birmingham

    •  Address: Arion Business Centre, Harriet House, 118 High Street Erdington, Birmingham B23 6BG, UK
    • Contact: 0121 306 7915

    – Our central recruitment team can be contacted on 0208 7990 930
    – Alternatively, you can enquire to become a foster carer online by completing our call back request form at the right of this page

    Sunbeam can offer:

    • Dedicated local support from the social work team
    • Regular home visits
    • Free ongoing training and development programme
    • Local support groups for foster carers
    • Local support groups for children and young people
    • Family fun days and activities throughout the year
    • Annual Awards ceremonies

    Why you should foster?

    There are at any one time more than 65,000 children in the UK in the care system and as the population grows so does the number of children requiring foster homes. Choosing to become a foster parent and deciding to give something back to society can be a wonderful but often daunting experience with many people not knowing where to start.

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    Fostering with Sunbeam in

    At Sunbeam, our first priority is the needs of our foster children and it is extremely important that we are able to provide them with the best match possible. As such, when children removed from their families and moved to foster families, they undergo a lot of trauma; therefore finding them a close matched family within their area will support them and have less impact on their lives as they will be able to stay in their local school, be able to see their friends, etc.

    This can only be achieved by recruiting foster carers in the local regions. Hence if you are someone who is looking to become a foster parent then complete our call back request and we will progress your application as soon as we can.

    As one of the largest and most progressive independent fostering agencies based in , we provide quality family placements to children in our care and competitive foster care allowances to our carers.

    Fostering in Pelsall

    Reason why you should choose us

    At Sunbeam, we are proud of our standards and the support and training that we provide to our foster carers. We are driven by children’s needs.
    Professional, experienced, qualified staff to undertake your assessment
    A supervising social worker who will be local to you and dedicated to supporting you.
    Fostering allowances up to £650 per week to cover children’s needs.
    Comprehensive and progressive up to date training programme

    Become a Foster Carer In Pelsall

    Take a first step towards fostering, get in touch with our fostering team






      Who can foster?

      Your age should be at least 21 years-old (although by law you can apply to foster from 18) and to have a spare bedroom big enough for a young person to live in.

      Fostering Allowance

      As a foster carer, you will receive fostering allowance which normally covers things like food, clothing, transportation, pocket money, outings etc.

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      What foster carers are saying

      Foster Carer
      Foster Carer

      This job is probably one of my favourites. Every day is different, every day has new challenges and every day has new rewards. It’s not always easy but each challenge you go through with the child bonds you and makes you both stronger for each other.

      Hannah and Kashif
      Hannah and Kashif

      We have been fostering for the last 8 years and feel proud to be a part of the Sunbeam family. At the beginning, we thought it’s a tough job, but the skills to foster initial training and the whole assessment procedure to become a carer was interesting, and it gave us both a broad insight into both the tough and rewarding side of what we were likely to encounter.

      Asma
      Asma

      “Fostering is a rewarding experience as it allows you to actually make a difference for a child/young person. I feel happy being able to make such a difference whether it is for one day or several years.”

      Karen Thorn
      Karen Thorn

      “When they told me that I had been approved for fostering, well I just cried. I was an emotional wreck and was so happy that I just couldn’t hold back my very, very, happy tears.”

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      All About Fostering Allowance

      Sunbeam offers up to £650 fostering allowance per child per week depending on children’s needs. Additionally, we pay other allowances and our foster carers receive many other benefits while fostering with us. We welcome foster carers from a diverse range of backgrounds and all ages. We would welcome you to take the opportunity to speak to one of our existing foster carers to hear this first hand.

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      FAQ – FOSTERING

      We have answered a few common questions about fostering

      01. I'm not married – does this matter?
      Although some Local Authorities and IFAs will allow this, at Sunbeam we think that the high quality care, which we consider every one of our children and young people need, can only be achieved by having one carer at home full time. Our carers are part of a professional and dedicated team and we offer them a remuneration and respite package that reflects their commitment.
      02. Can I still go out to work and be a foster carer?
      Although some Local Authorities and IFAs will allow this, at Sunbeam we think that the high quality care, which we consider every one of our children and young people need, can only be achieved by having one carer at home full time. Our carers are part of a professional and dedicated team and we offer them a remuneration and respite package that reflects their commitment.
      03. Do I have to own my home?
      Most people can foster, but when we consider applications we look closely at the following areas: Your ability to work in partnership with the agency Your ability to work as part of a professional team Your family lifestyle Space in your home, including sleeping arrangements Your health and background Your parenting skills, attitude and personality, including any experience of caring for children Your ability to provide a caring and nurturing environment. Things that are less important to us are your income, age, marital status and employment status. Third party references.
      01. My partner doesn't live with me should I include them on the application form?
      Yes please, include any individuals who is a significant person in your life and will frequently visit the house.
      02. Do I have a choice in the type of child I care for?
      Children who require care must have foster carers who can meet their needs. Throughout the fostering assessment process, we work with you to identify your strengths and skills to assist you in identifying the children and young people you could care for. We will also identify specific training with Sunbeam to assist you in expanding your skills as a foster carer. Before you are approved by the Agency Decision Maker, we will have agreed on the type of child who will fit in with your family. This includes the age, gender, ethnicity and religion of potential foster children.
      01. How much is the Fostering Allowance?
      At the Sunbeam Fostering Agency we believe that our carers and foster children should have a good standard of living and a quality of life. Sunbeam offers up to £650 fostering allowance per child per week depending on children’s needs. Additionally, we pay other allowances and our foster carers receive many other benefits while fostering with us. This allowance is paid when children are in care and is not paid when carers do not have placements. Please ask for a copy of our Foster Carer Payment Guide which is updated and reviewed annually.
      02. What does the weekly allowance cover?
      The weekly allowance is intended to cover all the needs of each foster child, including food, clothing, travel, activities, savings and so on. We provide guidance on how money should be spent on each child, to ensure that the child has a healthy and balanced life.
      01. Will I be taxed on the allowance?
      In April 2003, the Government introduced an income tax exemption for foster carers with an income below a set level. Allowances for looking after foster children placed with the Sunbeam are not generally taxable. However, foster carers who have multiple placements and who also work may be liable to pay some tax if their income is above the set level. For the purposes of calculating tax, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) treat foster carers as self-employed. HMRC produce helpful guidance for Foster Carers which you can request direct from HMRC (ask for guidance IR 236).
      02. Do I qualify to claim any benefits?
      Eligibility to benefits is assessed on an individual basis by the relevant central or local government department, and the Sunbeam Fostering Agency cannot offer advice specific to benefit eligibility. The government department responsible for benefit entitlement is called the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Any queries about fostering allowances and benefit eligibility needs to be assessed by the DWP. Find information by calling 0800 882200 or visit www.dwp.gov.uk Jobcentre Plus delivers benefits to many people of working age, so contact your local office for advice. Housing Benefit, Council Tax benefits and tax credits are calculated and administered by your own Local Authority. Alternatively, seek specialist advice from an advisory agency such as the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) or a welfare rights service.
      03. Do I qualify for tax credits?
      Fostering counts as self-employment, so you may be entitled to Working Tax Credit (and also Child Tax Credit if you have children of your own). You need to get advice about Tax Credits, which takes into consideration your own individual circumstances. Eligibility and assessments for tax credits can be made by contacting 0845 300 3900.
      04. Will I have to pay National Insurance?
      All foster carers must register as self-employed, so must register to pay National Insurance contributions. You can obtain get information by calling the Newly Self-Employed Helpline on 0845 915 4515.

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