Becoming a Foster Carer in the West of England

Change a child’s life with our award-winning support

West England is home to over 2,500 children who need supportive foster families to build their lives with. And with local support from us, rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, you can help them. We can’t wait for you to get involved.

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Making the decision to foster in the west of England brings challenges, changes and above all else, rewards. You’ll be helping some of the region’s most vulnerable young people at difficult times in their lives, providing care, support and a place they can call home.

And we’ll be with you every step of the way, offering advice, guidance and a helping hand. Our local team of fostering experts can bring help and support to your doorstep, so you’ll never feel alone on your fostering journey.

Children and young people in your area need help today, so if you think you have what it takes to foster, call us now on 0808 284 9225 – we can’t wait to help you start changing lives.

Talk to us today by filling out our contact form. We’ll give you a call, answer any questions you have and go from there.

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Where You’ll Find Us

Our dedicated team provides support right across the West, so whether you’re planning on fostering in Somerset, Gloucestershire, Hereford or Bristol we won’t be far away.

With the NFA, you’ll get 24/7 support on your doorstep whenever you need it. Our fostering experts are always on hand to give help and advice, so you can overcome life’s ups and downs. What’s more, our local training expert, Kim, travels across the region offering specialist training and foster care learning sessions, so you can continue to grow your expertise and offer the very best possible support to those in your care.

Whether you need to find your nearest foster care training centre or one of our regional offices, we have dedicated centres across the west of England, so help and support are always close by. We also have five support group centres across the region, where you can meet with fellow carers and share tips, advice and knowledge of your fostering experience.

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Are You Fostering Material?

With help from the NFA, almost anyone can foster. We don’t look at your qualifications, skills or cultural background; we just want to know that you have what it takes to offer a loving and supportive home to a child in need. Think you have what it takes? Take our two-minute quiz to find out if you have the potential to be a successful foster carer.

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You’re not quite ready yet

It sounds like you’ve got the love to give and the time to spare. So we’d love to invite you to start your journey as a foster carer with us.

You need to be able to answer ‘yes’ to all the questions in our quiz to become a foster carer. Get in touch for some friendly advice about making the necessary changes to start your journey with us

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What Would You Like to Know?

We understand that choosing to foster is a big decision, and that you’ll have many questions about the process. That’s why we’re on hand to help. Call our local experts now on 0808 284 9225 or find the information you need in our FAQs below.

What’s it like to be a foster family?

Find out what it’s like to start a foster family by reading the true stories of people who’ve already done it. From the West of England and further out too, they’re a really inspiring bunch.

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Kevin's story

When Kevin first came into my life, he changed me forever, and I like to think I changed him too.

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David's Story

My husband Mike and I currently foster a 17-year-old unaccompanied asylum seeking young person called David.

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Laura's story

Laura came to us straight from hospital as a 2-year-old who was the size of a 3-month old baby due to severe neglect.

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