Welcome to Foster Care Associates West Midlands
Operating since 1994, Foster Care Associates has become one of the largest and most reputable independent fostering agencies in the West Midlands and across the United Kingdom. Last year FCA Midlands received over 2,900 referrals from local authorities for children and young people looking for a safe and stable home. With these numbers increasing year on year, now more than ever has it been more vital to become a foster parent. Right now, Foster Care Associates are recruiting foster parents across all regions of the West Midlands to not only support but to provide loving care for these local children.
Foster Care Associates are passionate, committed in helping foster children find homes, where they will be happy and cared for affectionately. When you join Foster Care Associates West Midlands you will be joining an experienced, diverse and knowledgeable fostering provider who has been Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’.
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Benefits of working with FCA
24/7 advice service
Excellent ongoing training
Access to your local fostering team
Local support groups
Local social activities and events
How do Foster Care Associates offer support in the West Midlands?
It’s the can-do attitude that makes fostering with Foster Care Associates West Midlands such a rewarding experience. The experienced team of fostering professionals will provide you with the highest levels of local support. From monthly foster parent support groups you’ll be instantly welcomed into the fostering family and well looked after too. we make sure you never feel alone, FCA Midlands participation officers visit new families and young people to welcome them to the FCA family. There is support for sons and daughters of foster carers in the Midlands and can put you in contact with a buddy if they ever need to talk to someone who understands what it’s like to be part of a fostering family.
- 24/7 local support: including monthly support groups Local support groups, therapeutic groups and for all foster parents in the West Midlands.
- Team Parenting: a regional and national network of childcare experts who may work with each child or young person to look after every single area of their well-being.
- Training and Development.
- Independent advice with a FREE membership to FosterTalk.
- A comprehensive events and activities calendar.
- Online support: Access to a portal to read about everything that is happening at Foster Care Associates, plus access to discounts to a range of sites,
- Foster Carer Appreciation Day.
Meet foster parent Debbie from the Midlands who has been fostering for 4 years
Debbie, a FCA foster parent from the Midlands shares her fostering highlights and advice for anyone who is considering fostering.
“We always say it’s the best thing we ever did. I would say if someone thinks yes I can do this, then go for it! It’s opened up a whole new world for us.”
Here to support you
All across the Midlands region we have three social work teams, which include social workers, three fostering service managers, a therapist and an associate education officer. We have established teams to support with matching of children and foster parents, engagement and support for children and young people, and the everyday administration tasks associated with fostering a child. Each team is enthusiastic about changing children’s lives and are truly committed to achieving the best outcomes for the children and young people in care.
I am happy with the support I have received from FCA. The training opportunities are great and accessible. I have a lovely working relationship with my supervising social worker, she is very approachable. I am part of the One Carer Household support group which during Covid I felt especially supported as it was quite isolating being at home, it is my go to place to discuss any issues I may have. I also attend other support group meetings. The participation activities are good, my grandson is always invited which is great. It does feel that I am part of an organisation not just a foster parent at home. I do feel really supported and feel there are avenues I can take if I have an issue.
Fun and activities with FCA West Midlands
There’s always plenty going on here at West Midlands we love nothing more than a get together to celebrate and recognise the achievements of all foster parents, children and young people. Our annual achievements awards is always a firm favourite.
Throughout the year, the Participation team deliver a range of workshops and activities to offer opportunities to support our young people reach their full potential including:
- Duke of Edinburgh awards.
- Workshops looking at topical issue.
- Barclays LifeSkills workshops.
- A variety of groups to meet other young people and make friends.
In addition to this we are very proud of the wrap around service we offer our fostering families. All new families and young people are visited by a participation officer to welcome them to our FCA family. Every young person is given a Hello and Welcome pack containing all information about accessing support, activities and advice.
We offer a range of activities and fun activity days across the year to suit all ages and abilities for all the fostering family to enjoy. Over the past year we have really had some fun, from our Grand day out to the seaside at Western Supermare to attending the Big Sing.
Our regional events provide support to both new and existing foster parents, as well as allowing foster parents and families to meet up and have fun together.
You know that they will help and support you. There is a huge commitment that FCA have to the children and young people in their care. I know I can pick the phone up at any point of the day or night and speak to somebody and they’ve got you back. Even if it's something that you or a young person needs on an individual level, you know that door's open.”
Michelle, Foster Parent - FCA Midlands
One of the UK’s largest leading communities of children’s service providers
We know what it takes to reach the pinnacle of success in regards to delivering the best outcomes for children and young people across our community. 100% of all FCA, and the wider Polaris services are now Good or Outstanding.
We have achieved this by listening to our staff, foster families and children. If you want to join an organisation that takes pride in striving for excellence then contact our team today.
I feel like we are a cog in the agency rather than an appendage
Parveen and Imraz, our first year of fostering.
July 4 2023
"When you start to see the positive impact you are making to children’s lives you will get such a warm feeling that cannot be described." Meet Parveen and Imraz as they reflect on their first year of fostering with FCA Midlands.
“I thoroughly enjoy fostering, I just can’t imagine doing anything else.”
May 22 2023
This year Linda and Derek from FCA Midlands celebrate an astonishing 25 years fostering with FCA. Here they look back over their momentous fostering journey.
"I wouldn't have my children today if it wasn't for FCA."
April 4 2023
Meet Michelle, a foster parent from FCA Midlands who has devoted the last 15 years to fostering. She shares her incredible story of life with her 14 children.
FCA Midlands: Uniting Hearts and Minds at the 2023 Regional Conference
December 5 2023
FCA Midlands recently showcased their commitment to bringing together its staff and foster parents at the second regional conference of 2023.
Christmas Cheer at FCA Midlands: Creating Magical Memories
November 27 2023
It's official Christmas has officially arrived at FCA Midlands.
Young People Achievement Awards in FCA Midlands
September 29 2023
Our FCA Midlands team hosted its Children and Young People Awards with a big celebration of nearly 80 young people, foster families, and staff meeting up for a day of fun activities and recognition for all the amazing achievements of the young people in their care.
Celebrating FCA Midlands children achievements
September 26 2023
FCA Midlands staff and foster families recently got together at an event to celebrate children and young people’s incredible achievements.
FCA Midlands Annual Sports Day fun
August 10 2023
FCA Midlands organised an Annual Sports Day extravaganza catering to foster families, featuring a thrilling array of sports, inflatable slides, soft play, a delicious BBQ and a highlight - an onsite ice cream van to top it all off!
FCA Midlands Management and Leadership Team Away Day
July 14 2023
This month, our Midlands Management and Leadership Team came together for an away day to review quarter one of 2023/2024.
FCA Midlands Team Away Day
April 13 2023
This month, our Midlands fostering team came together at Edgbaston Community Centre for a team day of learning on how best they can support the young people in their care who are turning 18.
FCA Midlands March Foster Parent & Staff Forum
March 29 2023
The FCA Midlands team hosted a day of learning and reflection this month, with guest speaker, Jeremy Indika, delivering a talk on breaking down the stigmas of child abuse.
FCA shortlisted for three awards at this year’s National Children and Young People Awards
September 2 2022
FCA Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are up for two of these prestigious awards, whilst FCA Midlands’ Children and Young People Support Service Manager, Joanne Edwards has been shortlisted for the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Meet the Midlands team
Business Support Manager
Fostering Service Manager, South
Fostering Service Manager, Central Team
Fostering Service Manager