The London Borough of Camden needs foster carers.
Capstone Foster Care is one of the independent fostering agencies that works with the Borough council through the local authority to find foster care for children and young people who have been removed from their homes. Most often the removal was because of neglect and abuse by the people who are supposed to love them and protect them.
If you have ever thought of becoming a carer, contact us about fostering in Camden. Here is a quick overview of the basic requirements for being a carer. The first aspect we look into is whether your home has a spare bedroom for each child placed with you. If you have the room for a child or children – often there is a sibling group who ideally should be placed together – we can talk about what comes next.
While it is not all about the space available, it is part of the mandate for social care that each young person has their own private space. Beyond having room in your home, you also need to have room in your heart and the energy to help children reach their potential to have a positive outcome in life.
You need to be in good health and have the patience and caring attitude that looked after kids need. In 2017, there is a particular need for foster parents from diverse ethnic groups. We make it a priority to find placements where the child can have the support and security of being placed where the language, culture, and religious customs are familiar. It is important to value and respect their heritage.
Who Does a Carer Need to Be?
All too often, people who would be excellent foster parents eliminate themselves from applying for this valuable work because of their age, their lack of experience, their financial situation, or their marital status or lifestyle.
Experience as a child carer is not necessary. Neither is being married or part of a couple. Single men and women are encouraged to talk to our agency about becoming part of the team. LGBT carers are also needed. If you are working outside the home, we can discuss the arrangements. If you are a couple and one of you is available for the child or young person at all times, that is all right.
When it comes to the cost of providing a safe and secure home, our fostering allowances cover all the expenses of caring for looked after children and there are additional financial allowances for special needs.
What happens next?
If you live in the Camden area, think about the future you can offer to kids who need someone like you. For information on Capstone Foster Care and the services we provide, contact us by calling 0800 012 4004 or send an enquiry online and we can call you back later to discuss the application process.
There are home visits, meetings with your social worker, health and police checks, and when you are approved as a carer, our support will continue. Social workers are available 24/7 and Capstone provides ongoing training and generous allowances so you are never on your own.