Become a Foster Carer
Capstone Foster Care is a small independent fostering agency that is eagerly seeking foster parents in the North West of England, particularly from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities. We believe that every child does matter. With more carers in the area, we can offer placements for children in their own environment and within their own culture. Independent agencies work with local authorities.
Who do you have to be to become a foster carer? First of all, you need to have a spare bedroom. Each child deserves his or her own space. Then you need to be flexible and have plenty of time and energy. You can be married or single, with or without your own children. No special education or experience is necessary as we provide ongoing training.
If you have a job, you can still foster if you have the flexibility to attend meetings, facilitate school runs and have the time to care for a child or young person. If you can drive, that is a helpful skill, but it is not a necessity, especially if you have a support network to help and a good public transport service.
The application and assessment process takes at least a couple of months while we get to know you and you get to know us. This involves a health check, police check, and in-home visits. Our team is on hand to provide training and support. Compulsory and specialist courses are offered in groups, face-to-face, online or on a 1-1 basis. This allows us to best meet your circumstances.
As well as our social workers and specialists, we have access to external specialists such as our paediatrician, solicitor, and therapeutic social work staff. A supervising social worker will work with you throughout the process from the beginning and when you become part of our team.
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As for the children who need you, there is no one specific profile. Each child has his or her own experience and needs. Some have emotional challenges due to their life experiences. The majority of young people in care are over 10 years old. We also need families to provide care for a parent and child.
Support groups are held regularly. This a great help as carers offer and receive emotional support and understanding from each other. Sharing stories creates a strong network of friends who understand the joys and frustrations of fostering. If particular themes and subjects are of interest, we invite external specialists to discuss the issues.
Capstone offers a generous fostering allowance. Fostering is a professional career and when a child is being supported, allowances are paid to enable our carers to focus on the task and provide what is necessary to the placements they are supporting.
Our head office is in the centre of Heywood, Rochdale, about 5 minutes from the M62 and M60. If you are interested in finding out more, please call 01706 623540, for a friendly chat about us and our fostering services. You will get to know the team and will get a warm welcome whether you are phoning or visiting our offices.