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I have been with Nexus Fostering since the very beginning - Part 2

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Danny Strutt continues to tells us about his fostering journey over the past 20 years. 

We were fostering two brothers with special needs who had come to us from a complex background. I was diagnosed with bowel cancer and was very pessimistic about the future, so to save the children from seeing me unwell, we took a break, and I recovered far quicker than expected. I had been doing some outreach support work in between, though. When I was well enough, we went back to panel due to our break, and I was 72 by this time. So, for the first time, yes, panel can be daunting, but with the support and training Nexus Fostering offers, it's not too scary.


We believe there are many attributes that make a fantastic foster carer. Such as; 

  • Liking children, working in a team, being adaptable, patient and honest with the children. Be non-judgemental and put yourself in their place.

  • Show them consistency and boundaries that are.

  • Love where you can and show emotion when needed.

  • Enjoy getting to know the children.

  • Advocate for them.

  • Love them as foster children.


If you like children and young people. If you have a spare room, give it a go, as it is not a job you will want to stop once you're into it. Talk to your own family first. Just be ready for fostering to change your life in a positive way. Remember, when a child comes to you, they are likely as nervous as you might be, so take the time to get to know one another. 

Head to part 3 to find read about some of the types of fostering we have done and some fostering stories - Danny - The children I have taken care of | Nexus Fostering


Fostering stories


  • Advice
  • Parent and Child
  • Therapeutic
  • Young person
  • Siblings
  • Long-term fostering

Date published

27 September 2023

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