Fostering in Blackburn

At Next Stage for Fostering, we’re passionate about giving children the opportunity to grow up in a loving home with all the support they need for a happy life. As a fostering agency based near Blackburn, we care about finding the right people with a desire to change a child’s life and provide a loving home.

Why Blackburn?

Blackburn is a northern town which was a boomtown of the industrial revolution and amongst the first industrialised towns in the world. It’s a town that welcomes people of all different backgrounds, whether that’s economic or ethnic, which we believe is the perfect environment for a child that needs acceptance and support.

Right now, there’s a real need for foster carers throughout the North West, especially in Blackburn. Some Blackburn children haven’t had all the support they need. They can’t live with their existing family for a range of reasons, which means many of them are waiting for someone who can give them a loving home and look after them.

Currently, there are over 170 children in Blackburn and a further 650 children in Lancashire living within foster care. According to The Fostering Network a further 8,600 more foster families are urgently needed in the UK with the North West of England requiring the most. There’s a particular need for families that can take in brothers and sisters, teenagers, and children with learning disabilities.

We believe that amazing people like you can make the difference in a child’s life by opening up your home and showing them someone cares for them.

What types of fostering placements are available in Blackburn?

We work with local authorities to offer a range of placement types for potential Foster Carers in and around Blackburn. They include:

  • Short-term foster care — Anything from an overnight stay to a few months.
  • Long-term foster care — Taking care of a child until they are 18 or over.
  • Emergency foster care — Taking in a child who can’t be looked after their family for the time being due to an unforeseen issue.
  • Short breaks for disabled children — A specialised scheme that enables disabled children to enjoy short breaks with foster families.
  • Support care — Foster carers offer families support by providing part-time care to children.

The benefits of fostering in Blackburn

When you foster a child, your contribution to improving the quality of their life is recognised and rewarded. Foster Carers in Blackburn can be given an allowance of £310 to £510 depending on their previous experiences and the needs of the child they foster.

What experience and qualifications are required?

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to pass a rigorous exam to become a Foster Carer. You can be married or single, in a same-sex relationship, young or old, homeowner or tenant: all are welcome.

We believe that Foster Carers are not qualified by a list of achievements but by the patience and love that they can provide for their foster child. You don’t need qualifications, as you will be given plenty of training and loads of support. What you do need is a spare bedroom and the commitment to provide a stable environment for children who are desperate for a real home. We are a dedicated fostering agency that offers a very personal service and supports new and existing carers every step of the way.

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