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How To Become A Foster Carer - The Practical Requirements

Children and young people come from all walks of life and that’s why we need foster carers who reflect the full diversity of our modern society. You could be straight or gay, married or living together, with or without children, single or divorced or you could be a single parent. Similarly, we encourage fostering applications from people of different ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds to reflect the diversity of young people in care. Some of our foster carers work while others are at home. Some have children at home and others have none or have children who have left the family home.

Essential requirements for foster carers

Whilst fostering is a deeply rewarding vocation that is open to almost everyone, there are some things that you must be able to offer beforehand:

  1. You must be able to offer a spare bedroom. It doesn’t matter whether your home is a house or flat, in a town or the countryside, or rented or owned.

  2. You must be available to a foster child whenever needed. This may be during the daytime, if schooling is disrupted. This is often easier for couples to ensure than single carers, but some of our carers are single and can foster just as well as anyone else with a reliable support network.

There are also some things which will be of benefit to you and us in your fostering career:

  1. It would be helpful for you to have experience of caring for children other than your own as this brings knowledge and practice of boundary setting with youngsters who have not grown up in your own household from day one.

  2. Inner cities are often well served by reliable and regular local transport networks, but suburbs and rural areas much less so. Depending on where you live, being a car owner/driver may be essential.

At Nexus Fostering, we know that fostering is one of the most valuable, life changing and fulfilling tasks in society. Caring for a child or young person who cannot live with their own parents demonstrates a generosity of spirit and an openness of heart that we recognise and value immensely. In return, we offer you round-the-clock, 24/7 support so that as a Nexus Fostering carer you are never on your own. You can learn more about how to become a foster carer on our assessment page.

One of our Foster Children said: 

“I like their home. It is very comfortable. I like my foster carers because they are funny and kind”

To become a carer with Nexus Fostering, you need no specific qualifications other than an enjoyment of children and young people, the ability to provide them with a secure, caring family life and the enthusiasm to attend relevant training courses and support groups.

“The support from Nexus has been of a high standard.  We consider that on several occasions they have gone above and beyond our expectations.  The support has been consistent.  There is always support available 24/7, knowing this in itself is support.  All staff are knowledgeable of individual placements and needs.”