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Becoming a foster carer is a highly rewarding career, but it’s not for everyone. When considering starting a career in foster caring, you should first ask yourself the following questions:
If you have answered yes to all three of these questions, you may be just who we are looking for. We need foster carers who are happy to commit all they have to ensuring their foster child’s welfare and happiness.
We need foster carers who genuinely want to make a difference in a young person’s life whilst enjoying the benefits of a worthwhile career. Our official requirements are that you have a spare bedroom to offer your foster child and that you are available 24/7 for them.
Picture the scene. Your foster child, James, aged 14, has been with you for 2 months now. James is a quiet boy and you have been finding it difficult to communicate with him. You go into his room one day and find him crying on his bed. You want to ask what’s wrong but you know he isn’t comfortable confiding in you yet so you offer to take him out to the local park. He quietly agrees and you set off together. When you get to the park, you spot a local stall selling kites. James is still being fairly quiet so you decide to buy a kite for him to have some fun. When James sees the kite his eyes light up and he spends the next two hours enthusiastically trying to fly the kite with you in the park. You’ve never seen him having so much fun and smiling so much which makes you feel great. On the way home, James starts to talk to you about his father for the first time. Sadly, his father died when James was 10 years old, but he tells you how he used to go and fly kites with his dad on the weekend and it’s one of his fondest memories. James really opens up to you and after that day you see a real change in his behaviour. He talks to you about his problems and seems happier.
Can you imagine how great this would feel? These are the kind of experiences you can expect as a foster carer.
At Nexus, we are well known for the support we give our foster carers, which is why we have an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating. Providing foster care can be a demanding task and we don’t expect you to take on a financial burden, which is why we offer a generous allowance from £357 to £819 per week, depending on your circumstances. We are also able to offer you 14 days paid respite per year so you can still have some time to yourself. You will receive regular visits and phone calls from your dedicated social worker as well as access to a 24/7 out of hours support line.
Furthermore, we will train you in every aspect of caring for a young person in your home and will give you the opportunity to meet other foster carers at our regular events.
Whether you want to find out more about becoming a foster carer, start your fostering career today or switch to Nexus from another fostering provider, the best thing you can do now is to get in touch with us!
You can either fill in an online enquiry form or call us on 0800 389 0143 to talk to one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members. If you’re unsure whether you are suitable for a career in fostering, you can check our Q&A page to find out more. Also, if you want to find out more about the assessment process, you can access information on our website.