Fostering in Lewisham
In Lewisham, one-third of the local authority’s children live in poverty. In the overall child population, almost two-thirds belong to a minority ethnic group. The largest minority ethnic groups are Black/Black British African, Black/Black British Caribbean, and Other Black. In the rest of the UK, only a quarter of the child population is of an ethnic minority. There are 170 languages spoken by Lewisham’s pupils.
There is no reason to think that the demographics of looked after children are much different from the general child population. It is reasonable to accept that many of the nearly 500 children and young people in care are from a diverse ethnic background.
You can see the need for foster carers in Lewisham in these numbers and for the need for ethnically diverse foster families. Carers come in all ages and from all walks of life. One might be a retired widow, another might be a middle-aged couple with empty nest syndrome, and another might be a single young man who has the room for a young person in his home.
Families with an extra bedroom or two and a belief in the power of love can turn a child’s disaster into a welcome change that will positively impact the entire rest of his or her life.
With our fostering allowances, you are never out of pocket. You are given the financial resources, the emotional network, the professional training, and the staff resources to meet any challenge involved in looking after youngsters who have had a difficult start in life.
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If you ask yourself, can I foster, here is a test that will give you the answer. Do you have a spare room? Are you in good health? If you respond with yes to both questions, you are well on your way.
Capstone’s recruitment efforts are ongoing. We need people in the borough and look forward to working with you. The application process takes a few months. We provide you with training and support and plenty of opportunity to get to know us and our service. If you are an experienced foster carer, the transfer to our team is quite seamless.
As a carer, you are allocated a supervising social worker who will visit you and call you on a regular basis. This main point of contact and support is a named person so there is continuity between you and us. We also provide 14 nights paid respite annually. There are social events and outings where you get to meet other members of the team and other foster families. We consider our network to be an extended family.
As well as ethnically diverse families, we are also looking for people who can provide parent and child fostering and those willing to be trained in providing therapeutic fostering.
Capstone needs you. If you have any questions about fostering in Lewisham, or becoming a carer, call us on 0800 012 4004. You can also complete an enquiry form and one of our staff will call you back.