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When you see the smile on your foster child’s face, you will know why you chose to foster. There are so many children who are in need of a fresh start in life and you can offer them the opportunity to believe in themselves and build on their personality whilst providing a happy and safe home for them to grow up in. Apart from the opportunity to extend your family and do something amazing for another person, fostering also offers the following benefits:
If you are considering fostering, you may be wondering whether it is the right career choice for you. A few questions you may want to ask yourself are:
If you answered ‘Yes’ to all of these questions, you may be the perfect person to become a foster carer. You will need to be able to offer a foster child stability and support at all times. A willingness to foster from a wide age range and openness to receive advice and guidance from other professionals around you will be highly beneficial to your fostering career. You will also need a spare bedroom for your foster child to ensure they have their own space within your home.
The role of a foster carer takes many forms. When you take on a foster child, you are taking on the responsibility to help that child with their personal development. You will be the main care provider and will need to be firm but fair, setting appropriate boundaries and ensuring the child sticks to them.
You will be responsible for the foster child’s physical development and health by ensuring they have good nutrition and hygiene. You will also need to cater to their emotional needs, promoting self-esteem and ensuring they develop a bond with you. Their education is also something you will need to monitor and take an interest in, not just with school work but general life education too. You will also need to try and encourage them to become sociable, providing opportunities for them to make friends and have fun.
When you foster with Nexus, you are never alone. We are on hand to support you 24/7 and offer you regular training and support to ensure you are fully confident in your role, regular support groups and social events with other carers, frequent visits and phone calls from your dedicated social worker and access to a variety of informative sources.
As an Outstanding Ofsted rated fostering agency, we are confident in our ability to support our carers through every stage of the fostering process. We have received some great feedback from our carers, including the following:
"We get the impression that there is a genuine friend behind us willing to support us in every problem" - Mark & Steve
"Nexus Fostering are always there to help whenever we need them" - Maria
"We know if we need anyone from Nexus Fostering they're at the end of the line" - Colin & Annette
"Support is always there if needed" - Gina & Debbie
If you want to find out more about fostering in Derbyshire, there are many sources of information available to you. Firstly, you can take a look at our Q&A Section to discover more about the requirements of a foster carer and the options available to you. We also hold regular events where you can find out more about fostering. If there aren’t any events in your area, please feel free to contact us and we will be more than willing to provide you with any information you need to ensure you are making an informed decision.