Fostering in Wigan
Are you interested in fostering in Wigan but don’t know how to get involved? If you have energy and enthusiasm, an understanding attitude and want to provide vulnerable children with a safe and loving home, we are a small Wigan foster care agency and would love to hear from you!
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 small, dedicated Wigan fostering agency that offers a very personal service and supports new and existing carers every step of the way.
Although Wigan has an excellent track record for fostering, the number of children in care homes always outstrips the number of carers available. If you have considered fostering but haven’t taken the plunge, we can help you through the application process and support you in this rewarding career that can make an enormous difference to a child’s life.
You will need a loving personality and may have to deal with some challenging behaviour, but it is a decision you won’t regret. You can choose to be a short- or long-term foster carer or to provide bridging placements. The time commitment will vary from six to eight weeks right up to when the child in your care turns 18.
You may prefer to be an emergency carer or provide respite placements, which give other carers a break. These often take place at short notice.
If you have multiple spare bedrooms, you might consider fostering siblings; alternatively, you could opt for solo placements with children with more complex needs. These are often the most challenging; however, they can also be the most rewarding.
Anyone can apply to become a foster carer. You don’t have to be in a relationship or have a family of your own, but you do need to be over 25 with dedication, a lot of energy, good health and a sense of humour. Give fostering a try – you won’t regret it.