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Why New Routes?

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New Routes is a fostering service that has been provided by Father Hudson’s Care since 1992. It is made up of a small, friendly team focused on the well-being and outcomes of the children and young people we support.

Based near Birmingham, we welcome enquiries from people living in the West Midlands County, Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

New Routes fostering has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED for the last few years, with the most recent inspection being held in February 2015. Check out the downloads section below to view our inspection report. We are a preferred fostering provider of many local authorities in the area and receive many requests for children and young people to live with our foster carers.

We pride ourselves on the quality of the service and support offered to foster carers; we take care to match children and young people with carers who can meet their needs. With the welfare of children and young people at the heart of all we do, we ensure all children and young people cared for by New Routes' foster carers reach their full potential. Our foster carers are well supported and trained to enable them to achieve this. Please take a look at our Statement of Purpose by clicking on the document below in the downloads section.

One benefit of being supported by a small, friendly team is that our foster carers often tell us they feel part of a family. We get to know the carer and the child or young person so we can provide the best support specific to the situation.

Staff, children and foster carers all work together as a team and children are at heart of our practice.

We recruit foster carers who are patient, resilient understanding, compassionate and flexible (and with a sense of humour!) and who have time and space in their lives to devote to a child or young person’s needs and be able to ride the highs and lows.

By recruiting a diverse group of foster carers, New Routes Fostering can place children or young people within their own area with foster carers who best meet their individual needs. Therefore, we welcome enquiries from across the West Midlands area.

You can apply to foster:

  • whether you are married, have a partner or are single
  • whether you have children of your own or not
  • whether you are in employment or claiming benefits
  • whether you rent or own your own home
  • if you live within about 30 miles of Birmingham
  • if you have enough bedrooms in your home to allow one per child.

We welcome enquiries irrespective of your race, religion, language, culture, gender, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Our foster carers receive a fee and an allowance for the child or young person. We provide a robust preparation, post-approval training package and a named social worker to support, supervise and guide you through your fostering career. There is an out-of-hours service (staffed by social workers), mentoring scheme provided by experienced foster carers and a foster carer volunteer support worker.

Click on our fostering information pack below in our downloads section, this will allow you to view more about our fostering services.