Nexus MK: have you considered fostering?
Thousands of foster carers are needed every year, and with more than 80,000 children currently in care in the UK and only 44,500 foster families according to the Fostering Network, there is a need for more foster homes as an increasing number of vulnerable children continue to come into care.
There has never been a more crucial time for more foster carers, and independent fostering agency Nexus Fostering is encouraging individuals and families in Milton Keynes to consider a career in fostering, and help local vulnerable young people.
But why foster? There are many different reasons for children needing foster care. Children may come into care temporarily due to a family problem or illness, or long-term due to experience of physical or emotional abuse, neglect and domestic violence. Whatever the reason, they need to be provided with a nurturing adult (foster carer) and a safe place to call home.
Choosing Nexus Fostering means that you will receive all the support and training you need, with experts on hand 24/7, to help.
Felix, who has been a foster carer with Nexus Fostering since 2017, tells us how Nexus have supported his family and their three foster children:
“Nexus Fostering has been absolutely fantastic, they’ve given us all the training that we need including clinical support and psychological support – we also have social workers that we speak to on a regular basis, so the support has been great.”
Nexus Fostering is looking for more foster carers, and encouraging residents across the region to consider fostering to meet the growing demand for children and young people in need of a loving home.
Felix continued: “If you’re thinking about becoming a foster carer and you’ve got the accommodation for a child - if you are ready to give them the love and support that they need to make them feel that they belong. You have to go for it because at the end of the day, you are helping another child to have a better future.”
Nexus Fostering understands that every child is different and there are several opportunities for fostering including siblings, teenagers, respite, parent and child as well as carers to work with young people with more complex needs.
You don’t need any qualifications to be a foster carer, but if you could be the one to make a difference to a young person. Speak to one of the team at Nexus Fostering to start your fostering journey today. Visit www.nexusfostering.co.uk or call 0800 389 0143.