As an independent Fostering agency, we provide a specialist Fostering service to our Local Authorities. Next Step Fostering has created a service that thoughtfully matches looked after children with the best Foster Carers available. We remain part of those families’ lives and offer continued support, to help the children and their Carers thrive.

Since its beginning, over 30 years ago, the Next Step Fostering Group has put the needs of our looked after children and our Carers at the heart of everything that we do; blending a true sense of family with excellent industry professionalism.

No matter what your circumstances, marital status, gender or background – and even whether you have children of your own or not – if you have the compassion and commitment to care for a Foster child, we would like to talk to you.

The Next Step Fostering Group can help you take your first steps towards an amazing and rewarding career and an opportunity to change a child’s life.

Next Step is of course regulated by Ofsted.     View our latest report

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We can only do what we do because of the quality of our Foster Carers and our staff. Next Step is fortunate to have a stable, motivated and highly skilled group of Carers and staff.

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