Fostering in Preston

Are you interested in fostering in Preston but don’t know how to get involved? Next Stage Fostering is a fostering agency designed to help people like you make a real difference in Preston.

We’re passionate about helping young people who can’t currently live with their own families find stable, encouraging homes. There are still children in and around Preston that are missing the love and care they need to grow into confident adults.

Why Preston?

Preston is a northern town that’s ideally located between Manchester and the Lake District. Preston was a boomtown of the industrial revolution and know for its textile manufacturing nowadays its home to the University of UCLan and Preston FC.

Currently, there are over 650 children in Lancashire 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 Preston?

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

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