How to become a foster carer

We are here to guide and support you through the process, every step of the way.

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Before you can start fostering, there is a set process we must follow to get you assessed and approved as a foster carer. We are here to guide and support you through the process, every step of the way. Let us take you through the key stages...

Step 1 - Speak with us

It starts with an informal chat with our experienced fostering advisors. We’ll get to know you a little bit more and talk through your questions.

Step 2 - Home visit

When you’re ready and at a time that suits you, we’ll arrange to visit you at home. We’ll talk you through the whole process and give you another opportunity to ask questions.

Step 3 - Application form

Once we all agree that fostering is right for you, and you feel ready, you’ll complete an application form.

An assessor will be assigned to help you and the Nexus Fostering team will be on hand to support you throughout.

The next few stages cover your assessment. This can take a few months but don’t worry, you won’t be alone.

Step 4 - Checks and references

Once we’ve received your application, the necessary background checks will be completed, and references gathered. It’s an important part, in safeguarding our children and young people.

Step 5 - Get to know you

During this phase, your assessor will take time to find out more about your life experience, the activities you and your family enjoy and all the great attributes you’ll bring to the role of a foster carer.

Step 6 - Skills To Foster Training

You will also participate in a Skills to Foster course, the first step in your dedicated training and development program provided by Nexus Fostering. You’ll join future carers for this interactive course providing you with invaluable skills and knowledge to support you throughout your fostering journey.

Step 7 - Panel interview

We’ll help to make sure you feel prepared for your interview with the panel team. 

It’s the agency decision maker who will make the final decision to approve you as a Nexus foster carer.

Step 8 - Start your life-changing journey

Once approved, your dedicated social worker and placements team, will work closely with you to ensure you’re well-matched with a child or young person who needs you. 

The important thing to remember is, this journey will be rewarding and life-changing… for you and the children you help.

Read foster carer Maggie's story...

After over a decade of considering becoming a foster carer, Maggie decided to give up work and become a full-time foster carer. Maggie shares her experiences with us on how she found the assessment process and why she wanted to foster after having her own children.

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QA On Fostering

Common Questions

One of our team will visit you, in your home, to have an informal chat about caring for vulnerable children and young people. We’ll chat about the process of becoming a foster carer, suggest useful books and research you may like to undertake, and chat about your role as a foster carer. 

We match children carefully with our foster carers. During the assessment process, we will build up an understanding of what will work for you and your household which will help us to make good matches. 

Yes. The matching process is important for you and for the child or young person referred to us. We match, carefully, your personalities, skills, and circumstances with those of the child or young person. We will discuss this with you, fully, during your assessment 

We prefer foster carers to have an open mind about age groups as it provides carers with a lot more opportunities to care for children. We encourage foster carers to focus on the needs of the child, not their age and then decide if they're able to help them.

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