Fostering in Manchester

Next Stage for Fostering is an independent fostering agency in Greater Manchester with a difference.

Since 2015, it’s been our mission to make sure vulnerable children and young people throughout the city of Manchester and beyond find a suitable home that will help them flourish into the amazing adults they can be.

We model a genuine passion for helping children find supportive families in our company, going the extra mile to help create new families all across Manchester.

Why Manchester?

Manchester is a great Northern city: it’s an economic powerhouse, boasts an impressive musical heritage, and hosts some world-class football teams. Unfortunately Manchester still needs to improve when it comes to fostering. Currently, there are not enough foster carers to cater for all the children in Greater Manchester that need a loving home.

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.

That’s why we need incredible people like you that can make a difference.

What types of fostering placements are available in Manchester?

We work with local authorities to offer a range of placement types for potential foster carers in and around Manchester. 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 Manchester

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