Foster in Wigan

Next Stage Fostering is a fostering agency designed to help people like you make a real difference in Wigan.

We’re passionate about helping young people who can’t currently live with their own families find stable, encouraging homes. There are still children in and around Wigan that are missing the love and care they need to grow into confident adults.

That’s where you come in.

Why Wigan?

Wigan is a hard-working town that’s flourished into an important hub on the outskirts of Manchester where people of all backgrounds can settle down and start families together.

Currently, there are hundreds of children in Wigan who urgently need a foster home. There’s a particular need for families that can take in brothers and sisters, teenagers, and children with learning disabilities.

What types of fostering placements are available in Wigan?

We work with Placements North West to offer a range of placement types for potential foster carers in and around Wigan. 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 in Wigan

When you foster a child, your contribution to improving the quality of their life is recognised and rewarded. Foster carers in Wigan can be given an allowance of £191 to £450 depending on their previous experiences and the needs of the child they foster.

There’s also a whole host of other benefits too, including access to activity groups for the children in your care and discounts to 800 theme parks and days out.

You could have what it takes

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to pass a rigorous exam to become a foster carer. You can be married or single, in a same-sex relationship, young or old, homeowner or tenant: all are welcome.

We believe that foster carers are not qualified by a list of achievements but by the patience and love that they can provide for their foster child.

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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