Find out about a career as a foster carer

Published: Thursday 26th October 17

Wandsworth Council is recruiting 20 more foster carers, and is holding an information day on November 9 so people can find out more. Call now to book your space at one of three sessions.

Foster carers get intensive, ongoing support and advice. Carers can be married or single, gay or straight, a homeowner or renting, and from any cultural background.  All they need is a spare bedroom, a willingness to provide a home for a child in need and some child care experience.

Foster carers willing to take siblings, older young people and children with special needs into their home are all needed urgently.

Foster carers will provide a child a stable home until they are able to return to their birth parents, or until the right permanent family is found to take care of them for the remainder of their childhood.  Wandsworth's foster carers inevitably form a strong bond with the children in their care, but their real strength is their commitment to preparing each child to move on towards a more positive future.

Weekly allowances are £196 a week for looking after a 0-10-year-olds and £255 a week for 11–17-year-olds Weekly fees are £170 for looking after 0–10-year-olds and £200 for 11–18-year-olds, making a total weekly payment of £366 and £455 respectively. These rates will also be paid for each additional child looked after, and there will also be an enhanced fee for fostering children and young people requiring substantial support.

Suzie (pictured right) has been a Wandsworth foster carer for nearly 12 years. She is a single carer and has one daughter who is 16. She says "Wandsworth training is fantastic. I also mentor and share my experience with other foster carers. It is a continual progress of learning. Fostering is about giving it your best shot and just making it work!

“We do so many activities together; we go to the farm, seaside –  I find little adventures that work for each individual child. I know I was born to do this job and I have not plans of stopping anytime soon. If you are considering fostering – go for it especially in Wandsworth there is plenty of help and support.”

Contact us for an immediate one-to-one meeting to fast-track the fostering process or attend an event. Visit, phone (020) 8871 6666 or email

Fostering Information sessions:

When: Thursday November 9, 2017

  • 10am – 12noon
  • 2pm-4pm
  • 6pm-8pm

Where: The Council Chamber and Room 123, Wandsworth Town Hall. Enter the Town Hall at the corner of Fairfield Street and Wandsworth High Street (the entrance with the fountain).

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