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Nexus Fostering | What Are The Requirements To Become A Foster Carer


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Children and young people come from all walks of life and that’s why we need Foster Carers who reflect the diversity of our modern society. You could be straight or gay, married or living together, with or without children, single or divorced or you could be a single parent.

Similarly, we encourage fostering applications from people of different ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds to reflect the diversity of young people in care. Some of our Foster Carers work while others are at home. Some have children at home and others have either not had their own children, or have children who have grown up and left the family home.

essential requirements

  • You must be able to offer a spare bedroom. It doesn’t matter whether your home is a house or flat, in a town or the countryside, or rented or owned.
  • You must be available to a foster child whenever needed. This may be during the day time, if schooling is disrupted. This is often easier for couples to ensure than single carers, but some of our carers are single and can foster just as well as anyone else with a reliable support network.
  • Inner cities are often well served by reliable and regular local transport networks, but suburbs and rural areas much less so. Depending on where you live, being a car owner/driver may be essential.

At Nexus Fostering, we know that fostering is one of the most valuable, life-changing and fulfilling tasks in society. Caring for a child or young person who cannot live with their own parents demonstrates a generosity of spirit and an openness of heart that we recognise and value immensely. In return, we offer you round-the-clock, 24/7 support so that as a Nexus Fostering carer you are never on your own!

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What our carers say

Son on mother's back

We can't praise this agency highly enough. We are new foster carers currently with our first placement. Staff are friendly and very supportive with weekly meetings with our social worker and 24-hour telephone support. We highly recommend contacting this agency if you are considering becoming a foster carer.


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