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Wanting to find out more about becoming a foster carer is the first step in your journey. You may have many questions about fostering and may not know whether you would qualify to become a foster carer. We are here to help answer those questions. The typical foster carer will have the following:
More practical requirements are a spare bedroom and the time to dedicate to your foster child. We accept foster carers from a variety of backgrounds, regardless of gender, sexuality, marital/relationship status, race or religion. There is no stereotype that makes a good foster carer so please do get in touch with us today if you would like to know more.
Becoming a foster carer is no easy task but it is a highly rewarding one. You will have a lot to learn about the process, the laws and responsibilities and about the individual foster child themselves. You will need to be highly motivated to ensure your personal development enables you to take on the challenge of fostering.
Many children and young people in foster care come from difficult backgrounds. For some of them, this may affect their behaviour in a negative way. You will need to be able to manage this behaviour and find a way to reach out to your foster child and encourage positive behaviour. This can be challenging but we offer a variety of training programmes that will give you the skills you need to deal with this behaviour.
Your foster child may also have a complexed relationship with their birth family. There may be a lot of contact with the birth family but in some cases there is little to none. Both scenarios offer their own challenges and as the foster carer it is your responsibility to ensure birth family contact is appropriate and authorised but you have to respect their relationship regardless of their history.
Nexus Fostering are able to offer you a wide range of support to help you deal with the challenges facing foster carers and to help you provide the best support and care possible. We provide you with extensive training on a variety of topics and can personalise training sessions to help you in areas you may struggle with. You will have access to support workers 24/7 as well as regular meetings and phone calls with your assigned social worker. We also encourage you to meet with other foster carers at our regular social events where you can share your experiences.
We have been awarded Outstanding rating by Ofsted for the support we provide to our carers and pride ourselves on enabling then to develop their own skill set and become more confident within their role. Here is what some of our carers have to say about us:
"Very good help in the form of financial funding when we were struggling with a child's behaviour. Always available for advice, support groups and nearby training, our social worker has been fantastic during our difficult time with losing one of the children we had in placement" - Steve & Karen
"There have been lots of training days to attend. Also carer support groups have been helpful. Our link worker is a valuable source of information and is always on hand for help and support. It is nice to have 24-hour support if you need it from the duty worker" - Gabby & Xavier
"Nexus has offered much support to us" - Linda & Ken
We have a lot of information on our website, including the fostering assessment process, the types of foster care you can provide, the types of training and support on offer and several case studies which will give you an idea of other peoples fostering experiences.
We are happy to talk to you and tell you more about us and the fostering process, so whether you are still deciding whether fostering is right for you or you want to start your fostering career today, please get in touch with us now. We also hold regular events where you can learn more about fostering and meet some of our team for a face to face chat.