Fostering in Barnet
Barnet is the second largest London borough by population. If you live in Barnet, you likely know this. What you may not know is that it, like several parts of London, has many children in need of foster care. It is a simple, yet tragic, fact of life that in high population areas there are higher incidents of violence and abuse —simply because there are more people —and these are the leading causes of the local authority stepping in to protect children and young people from their mothers and fathers. This is the case with the Barnet Borough Council local authority.
The result is that there are more of the community’s children and young people who need you to become a foster carer. If you have a spare bedroom, maybe it is time to be thinking of fostering. Having that space in your home is a great starting point for the adventure of a lifetime. Capstone carers receive an excellent allowance, ongoing support and training, and the priceless knowledge that they are making a massive difference in the outcome of a child’s life.
It depends on what you already know about foster care, but there might be a few myths concerning what it is all about. First, the stories about taking in a newborn and raising that child up in your home and your secure love and caring do not reflect reality. The reality is that most of the youngsters who desperately need you and your home are over the age of 10. Chances are very good that they are teenagers.
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Not only are they teenagers but they are teenagers who have been through some seriously difficult experiences. Your foster home may not be their first, or even their fifth. They might have returned to their birth family time and time again. It is just as possible that they are not the only child in the house and they have a younger sibling or two.
Expert advice is that if possible sibling groups should remain together in care. Being separated means that they will become upset worrying about where their brothers and sisters are. If they have been in an abusive home, they may have developed a protective relationship to one another and now that is gone too.
Are you healthy person who is ready to help these children get past the negative aspects of their life and learn that people like you and agencies like Capstone have the ability to change their lives?
There is no pressure if you approach us and discuss the possibilities. We will explain the procedure where you work with a social worker, get to know us and we get to know you over a period of several months. Fostering allowances provide you the ability to meet all the young person’s needs. Our training and support prepares you for any eventualities that may arise. Plus, we are on call to support you 24 hours a day, every day.
If you would like to find out more about fostering in Barnet, give us a call so we can answer any questions you may have on 0800 012 4004. Or complete an enquiry form for a member of our team to call you back.