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First Steps to Becoming a Foster Carer

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Becoming a foster carer can be a daunting prospect. While it’s a role that is both noble and rewarding, there’s no denying the impact it is likely to have on your life. It is no surprise that many people considering fostering for the first time end up second guessing themselves and questioning whether they have the right stuff to fit the bill in the first place.

All of those thoughts are perfectly natural; indeed, it would be unusual if you approached such an important decision as this without having a few doubts. Just remember that, while fostering can be a demanding job, help is available to you from the very beginning.

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Getting Started

If you’re interested in becoming a foster carer in the North West, the first thing you need to do is get in touch with Next Stage for Fostering. You can give us a call on 01204 201 203 and speak directly to one of our experienced foster care experts. Alternatively, you can drop us a text to 07715 637 455, or fill in the contact form on this page, and someone from the team will call you back.

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That First Call

Whether you call us or we call you, you’ve already made the biggest step—the first one. This initial call is nothing more than a friendly chat to confirm that you meet the requirements for fostering and to answer any basic questions you might have. You will not be pressured into becoming a Foster Carer over the phone; we just need to know that you meet fostering requirements before we can move forward.

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What Is Required?

There are a number of legal requirements to becoming a foster carer, but we’re here to guide you through the whole process. To start, you need to be over the age of 21 with Next Stage, and you need to have a spare bedroom at your home so that any foster child has a room of their own. Other things, such as having a driver’s licence, might be beneficial, but they are not required.

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Initial Visit

Following your call and our basic checks, we will arrange for a member of our friendly team to visit your home and meet with you in person. This is where they can answer any questions or concerns that you might have in greater detail, as well as provide you with a more extensive explanation of the fostering process and what you can expect from being a foster carer. This advice is based on the most up-to-date fostering guidance and legislation and is provided absolutely free of charge.

We also gather more information from applicants to help them decide if fostering is right for them at this time

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Apply To Foster

By this point, you should have a better idea of whether fostering is for you. If you’re ready to take the next step, we will work with you to help you complete your application. We will go through the paperwork with you and clarify any areas of concern you might have.

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What Happens Next?

Once we’ve processed your application, you’ll be allocated an experienced member of the team to guide you through your journey, so you have one point of contact at all times. These early steps are the most important, as you get to learn all about what fostering can do for you and your family and what you need to bring to the role. There will be plenty of time during your initial visit to cover what happens following your application.

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Get in Touch

If you’ve read this far, it’s likely that you’re already interested in becoming a foster carer, so what are you waiting for? Call Next Stage for Fostering today on 01204 201 203, send us a text to 07715 637 455, or fill in the online contact form, and let’s get things moving for you.

For free help and advice about fostering and becoming a Foster Carer, please call us today on 01204 201203 or fill in the form below.

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