Why do children and young people come into care?
Children come into care for a variety of different reasons. This could be on a short-term arrangement due to a family problem or illness, or they may need more permanent care due to experience of physical or emotional abuse, neglect, and domestic violence. Whatever the reason, the child will need the care of a nurturing adult, a foster carer, and a safe place to call home.
Some children return to their family homes, some go on to become adopted and others stay with their foster carers until they are an adult.
Why should I foster?
As more vulnerable children come into care each year, foster carers from all walks of life are needed to make a lasting difference. As a result of being unable to live with their birth families, vulnerable children and young people need you to provide a safe and loving home environment.
Foster care is pivotal in helping children and young people look-after to ensure they develop into independent, well-rounded adults. With our help and support, you can give children and young people a safe, thriving environment to grow up in.
There are many reasons people decide to foster; this could be to offer a stable and supportive environment to the child, give back to their community, and learn a new skill. Whichever reason you decide, you will be making a positive impact on a child’s life.
Reasons to foster
Fostering a child can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience for people with a passion for helping others and positively impacting a child's life. In addition, it is an excellent opportunity to learn and grow as an individual. With ongoing support and training, Nexus Fostering will be here for you every step of the way.
For your children to experience
Fostering when you have your own family can be a rewarding experience for everyone involved. It can help your family develop compassion, empathy, and a sense of responsibility and allow your children to learn about different cultures and ways of life.
It is important to be open and honest with your children about the fostering process and give them the support and guidance they need to adjust to having a foster sibling in the household. Here at Nexus Fostering, we have a wealth of support for families and birth children, including regular events for all families to attend and various support groups and forums run regularly.
All foster carers will receive regular allowance payments to help with the cost of caring for a foster child. The type of fostering and the child’s age will determine the allowance. In addition, Nexus Fostering can support training, paid holidays, days out, and birthday and celebration allowance payments.
Flexibility & working from home
Since foster carers work from home, it is possible to balance fostering with other commitments, such as raising your own children and pursuing other interests.
Training & support
Should you become a foster carer with us, you'll receive ongoing training and support to help you advance your abilities and understanding of fostering. There will also be opportunities to attend support groups and events and meet with other foster carers.