Fostering in Bolton

Bolton has been our home since 2015, and it remains our current base of operations. We know that since we’ve found a great home here, hundreds of young people can as well. 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.

Why Bolton?

Bolton was a 19th-century boomtown and at its peak, had over 240 cotton works making it one of the largest and most productive centres of cotton spinning in the world. Bolton has a bloody history and in the English Civil War, the town was Parliamentarian and as a result, was stormed by 3,000 Royalist troops in 1644 resulting in 1600 residents killed and 700 taken prisoner. Modern-day sees Bolton famous for Warburtons bread and the town centre museum which houses one of the best Egyptology collections in the UK. Bolton is also home to one of the founding members of the football league, Bolton Wanderers whom formed in 1874.

Currently, there are over 2,500 children in Greater Manchester within foster care and 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.

What types of fostering placements are available in Bolton?

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

When you foster a child, your contribution to improving the quality of their life is recognised and rewarded. Foster Carers in Bolton 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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