We are all currently living through uncertain times however, one thing that is for certain is the need for more foster carers. Lockdown has given people time to reflect and review their lives, their values, and their goals. This could be the year you take on a career that fits around your home lifestyle and allows you to make a difference to others.
There is no experience quite as rewarding as providing a safe and secure space and essential care services to children and young people in need. As a professional foster carer with an independent fostering agency such as Capstone Foster Care, you will be making a real difference by helping children to develop, grow and reach their full potential.
It is estimated there are around 80,000 children in the UK who are currently in care. There has never been a more crucial time for more foster carers. Maybe fostering is something that you have already considered, or perhaps you never had before reading this.
There is no typical foster carer
Unfortunately, many people believe that they can’t foster because of certain myths such as being single, owning pets, renting their home or being LGBTQ+ and having a disability. However, that is not the case and the chances are you would meet the criteria and we are here to help you, help them.
“Our foster carers are from all walks of life with a variety of backgrounds,” says Adam, Recruitment Advisor. “We have single carers, couples who rent their home, same-sex carers, carers who have had their own children, and those who don’t have children. The basic requirements are that you’re over the age of 21, in good health and have a spare bedroom.”
You do not need any specific experience
We have a range of training aimed at equipping potential carers with the tools and skills they need to be the very best foster carer they can be. Our aim is to provide whatever is required that can help the foster carer to cope with any obstacles in their path.
“Experience or qualifications aren’t needed – our carers bring a range of skills and experience to their day-to-day role as a foster carer. The most important thing is that you have caring and nurturing qualities and the desire to help improve a young person’s life,” says Adam.
There are different types of foster care
There are various types of foster care available for carers. It may be that a placement begins on an emergency fostering placement, but then moves into a short-term placement. Some of the different types of fostering include:
- Short term fostering
- Long term fostering
- Emergency foster care
- Therapeutic foster care
- Parent and Child Fostering
Short-term fostering placements provide a child or young person with a safe environment on a temporary basis until they can return to the family home and their birth parents. Alternatively, if the option of returning the child in care back to their birth family is not possible, a foster family will provide short term foster care until a more long-term arrangement – such as adoption – can be found.
Why Capstone Foster Care
At Capstone Foster Care, we believe that as a foster parent, you are a professional and we will always treat you as such. Foster carers receive a weekly allowance. Not only is this there to help cover costs of caring for the child in your care, but also as a reward for working hard and dedicating yourself to helping vulnerable children and young people, that for whatever reason, have had to leave their families.
Capstone Foster Care, as an independent agency, we offer competitive fostering rates for our fostering placements. It is important to note that fostering allowances vary depending on the age and needs of the child.
Furthermore, our team of social workers and support staff will also be on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days (yes, even at Christmas!) to advise and guide you – as a foster carer with Capstone Foster care, you will never be working alone.
Joining Capstone Foster Care means you will receive continuous support from experienced social workers and other carers. “The feedback I get from carers is how well they feel supported and valued by Capstone Foster Care staff. We’re on hand 24/7to offer supervision and support, with visits from a dedicated social worker every few weeks,” says Adam.
The application process is easier than you think
We are always looking for loving and dedicated people to join our team and help make a difference to children and young people in the local area. If you are 21 years of age or over and have a spare room, you could apply to foster with us.
“Many people are put off applying to be a foster carer because they think it will be too time-consuming or intrusive, but this isn’t the case, and we offer support and advice throughout the process,” says Adam.
The first step is a preliminary chat with a fostering advisor, followed by a home visit (which are currently being done via Zoom). You will then be asked to fill out an application form and a social worker will begin the assessment process where they’ll get to know you and your household. The final stage is meeting with an independent panel for approval. The whole process takes from four to six months to be approved.
Feel free to visit www.capstonefostercare.co.uk/ for further information about fostering, or alternatively, give us a call on 0800 012 4004 and we’ll be more than happy to help.
*Figure is from the Children looked after in England, including adoption: 2018 to 2019 report.