Why foster?

Every year thousands of new foster carers are needed to care for the increasing number of vulnerable children coming into care in the UK.

Fostering UK

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

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.

Financial rewards 

All foster carers will receive regular foster care 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.

Fostering statistics in England...

*Correct as of 31st March 2023

57,020 children were living with foster families.

68% of the 83,840 children in care were looked after away from home.

In England, there are 43,405 foster families.

Read foster carer Debbie's story...

After 23 years of working within the corporate world, Debbie, a foster carer from Nottingham, took redundancy and started her fostering journey. Now 10 years on, Deb shares her story of how her and her partner have taken two of their foster children through to the age of 18, with their young man now in a Staying Put arrangement.

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Common questions asked

There is no upper age limit, age is just a number when it comes to fostering. We need people who have life experiences with the children in your care. You must be at least 21 years old to start fostering. 

Yes. We have many single foster carers who have a solid support network of family and friends who offer practical and emotional support when needed. The Nexus Fostering team is also always available to support you, so you will never feel alone when you foster with us. 

To foster, you need to have a spare room that will not require them to share with another member of your current household. Occasionally sibling placements can share a bedroom, but this is assessed on a case-by-case basis.  

You will have an initial phone call with one of our team for advice and information. If and when you are ready you will have a dedicated assessor who will visit and support you throughout the process. Various checks including the referee, medical and a DBS will be completed and you are required to attend a ‘Skills to Foster’ training course. The assessment process normally takes between 4-6 months.

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