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Is It Time to Consider Fostering?

Foster Family Relaxing At Outdoor Summer Event

At times the day-to-day grind of a ‘normal’ career can start to lose its appeal.   You may wish to have the opportunity to spend more time at home with your family or to have a career that makes a difference in someone’s life.

Maybe it’s time you considered a career change to something more rewarding which allows you more time at home and one that gives you the opportunity to make a positive impact in a child or young person’s life.

Do you think it’s time to become a Foster Carer.  Below are some of the many benefits that a career as a Foster Carer can offer.

Home/work life balance

In today’s work environment, people are busier than ever before.  Being a Foster Carer is a job unlike any other.  You are there to support a foster child just like you would your own children, which is a round-the-clock job.  That means you’ll be a stay-at-home Foster Carer, this enables you to support the children in your care, taking children to school, attending any relevant meetings, completing any housework, and of course having the opportunity to have some time for yourself.

A Rewarding Career

You get to guide and educate children who are in need of a caring and loving home.  You can provide them the chance of a better life and enjoy watching a child or young person flourish.  

You will be allocated a Supervising Social Worker who will support you, attend meeting with you and guide you.  Outside of working hours a Supervising Social Worker will be available 24/7 for any support you may require.     

In addition to fostering being emotionally rewarding, being a Foster Carer is now viewed as a career which also pays well and that’s before you consider what a noble career you’re embarking on. You get to make a difference in children’s lives while taking control of your own life into the bargain.  All you need is a spare bedroom, and we can help you sort out the rest.

Different types of foster placements

With thousands of children needing foster homes, there are many different types of fostering.  A few examples of placement types are as follows:

  • Respite placements – available on an emergency or planned basis.
  • Short term placements – children/young people are looked after for a few weeks or months while plans are made for their future.
  • Long term placements – when children/young people do not want or are able to be adopted, a long term foster placement is secured until they are adults.
  • Parent and child placements – parents who need nurturing support and guidance in developing their parenting skills.  

You can always discuss with the team the best type of placement to suit yourself and your family.


If you’re ready to become a foster carer in the North West, get in touch with Next Stage for Fostering today. Complete the form on our Contact page, give us a call on 01204 201 203, or send a text to 07715 637 455. A member of our friendly and experienced team will get in touch with you as soon as possible to discuss a career in fostering with 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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