Fostering in Newham
Capstone Foster Care is an independent fostering agency based in Stratford. We work with local authorities across London and Essex to deliver an outstanding local service to foster carers and young people. Currently we are recruiting foster parents in Newham. In an ideal situation, we want to place children with families in their own community. This is why we need you.
The first requirement made of potential carers is that they have a spare bedroom. The reason for this is that it is essential that each looked after child has his or her own bedroom. If you are caring for a sibling group, younger siblings of the same gender may share a bedroom. In this case, the bedroom must be large enough to comfortably accommodate two beds as well as a desk and a chest of drawers.
As a matter of fact, we have an ongoing need for fosterers who are able to look after sibling groups so if you have room for more than one young person, please get in touch. Carers must be at least 21 years old. You can be single or a couple. It is not necessary that you own your home. It can be rented. You can be unemployed or in employment. Formal qualifications are not required but you must have certain experience – but don’t worry, we will help with that during your training.
In the UK, the local authority is responsible for the wellbeing of all looked after children. Our partnership with the authorities involves offering a dedicated and local fostering service. Our carers are provided with an extended network of support, regular training, and many additional services.
In East London, aside from needing homes for sibling groups, we also need people for parent and child fostering. This involves having the ability to look after the infant or toddler while helping the parent learn essential parenting skills. The focus is on creating a strong bond between the parent and the child. This type of fostering is usually for a set period of time.
Other types have varying durations. Emergency foster placement is very short-term but can be extended into a longer term which can then be extended into permanent caring. Looked after children rarely begin with the expectation that they will be in care until they age out. They expect to return to their birth home once the circumstances that caused them to be removed from their birth parents have been remedied.
Capstone strives to make the best match between you and the youngster who will become part of your family. Once social workers find a good match, the placement is discussed with you. You and the child meet each other and become acquainted.
At Capstone children and carers matter. We want to help them achieve the very best they can, so we listen to, and act for, children in our care to ensure their voices are heard. Because we want our team of staff to do their best, we support and invest in them along the way.
If you have ever thought about becoming a carer, call us on 0800 012 4004 or fill out an enquiry form and one of our members will call you back.