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Starting a career in fostering will give you an entirely different outlook on the world. As you get to know and bond with your foster child, you will develop one of the most rewarding relationships you will ever have. Many foster children come from difficult backgrounds and as you learn more about your foster child you may find yourself in awe of their ability to cope with the difficulties life throws their way. Helping them to overcome those difficulties is what will make you love your career.
You can expect highs and lows, tantrums and triumphs as well as a lot of laughs in your fostering career. You will get many opportunities to meet up with other foster carers at our social events and will probably make many new friends.
You will constantly be learning at our regular training sessions, developing your own and your foster child’s personalities and benefitting from a generous weekly allowance from £357 to £819, depending on your circumstances and the young person you are supporting.
Imagine you have just taken on a sibling group, Tim, who is 9 and Jenny who is 14. Jenny has settled in quite well but Tim is still quite reserved and clings to his older sister. Over the next year you watch as Jenny takes her brother under her wing and helps him to build his confidence. Eventually you see Tim become much more independent and he thoroughly enjoys spending alone time with you while Jenny is out at her after school clubs. You can’t quite believe that this is the same shy, quiet boy who wouldn’t leave his sisters side when he first came to stay with you. You realise that he has found a friend in you, someone that he trusts as much as his sister and that makes you feel amazing. This is the kind of experience you could be having if you start fostering today.
If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, Nexus Fostering are here to help you every step of the way. We realise that most people who have not been involved in fostering in the past may find it quite a confusing process, which is why we do our best to explain the process to you in a simple, easy to understand way and ensure you are fully supported throughout.
To get started, you may want to check that you are eligible for foster care by reading our practical requirements, however we do take on foster carers from all types of backgrounds and the main requirements we ask are that you have a spare bedroom and are available to care for your foster child 24/7. You can find out more about the types of people we accept as foster carers in the Q&A section.
One you have decided you are eligible to foster, or if you would like to discuss your eligibility with us, your next step is to contact us. You can call us on 0800 389 0143 or fill in an online enquiry form (below). We will discuss with you the type of fostering you might like to start and how the assessment process works, which can take up to four months but at the end of it you will be a fully qualified foster carer ready to take on your first placement!