Foster in Bolton

Next Stage Fostering is an independent fostering agency in Bolton with a vision to make our town a better place for young people.

It’s our mission to help children in Bolton who can’t live with their birth families find a loving, supportive home. We want to see them grow into confident adults that will make a difference in their community.

To do that, we need your help.

Why Bolton?

Bolton has been our home since 2015, and it remains our current base of operations. We know that since we’ve found a great home here, hundreds of young people can as well. It’s a town that welcomes people of all different backgrounds, whether that’s economic or ethnic, which we believe is the perfect environment for a child that needs acceptance and support.

But the most important reason you should foster in Bolton is that there is a real need for families here. There aren’t currently enough foster carers in Bolton to ensure every child finds a good home, but amazing people, like you, can change that simply by getting in touch with us today.

What types of fostering placements are available in Bolton?

We work with Placements North West to provide potential foster carers in Bolton a diverse range of placement types, ensuring there’s something to meet every skill set. They include:

    • Respite placements
    • Emergency / unplanned placements
    • Short-term placements
    • Long-term placements
    • Staying-put placements
    • Siblings placements
    • Parent and child placements
    • Adult parent and child placements
    • Therapeutic need placements
    • Step down and transitional care placements
    • Placements for children with disabilities
    • Placements for trafficked and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children
  • Placements for young people on remand

The benefits of fostering

Fostering a child is an incredibly rewarding experience, giving you the opportunity to invest in the life of a child and see how your support can transform their lives.

When you choose to foster a child in Bolton, you may be eligible for a weekly allowance from Bolton Council. The exact amount you receive will be based on the specific needs of your child, as some foster children need more help than others.

The grant from the council will be enough to cover your foster child’s maintenance costs. It also includes a professional fee for you to keep as a token of recognition for the hard work that you’re putting into your role as a foster parent.

You could have what it takes

Though fostering isn’t always an easy job, you don’t need any specific qualifications to do it. In fact, many of our best foster carers worried at one point that they wouldn’t have the necessary skills to do it well.

We believe that great foster care comes from patience and understanding: it’s as simple as that. Do you have what it takes to change a child’s life forever?

To become a foster carer, please contact our office on 01204 201203 or send an email to and a member of our team can answer any questions you may have.  

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