Fostering in North London
Capstone Foster Care is constantly looking for new carers in North London. There is a shortage of foster parents in Islington, Haringey, Enfield, and Camden as well as the City of London. The sad fact is that there is a shortage of carers all across the country, and there has been for a while. The number of new carers has decreased over the past couple of years but the need for them has not. The need increases all the time.
This is why we are always actively recruiting new foster carers. Here is a profile of the person we need to join our Capstone team. You are healthy, patient, flexible, and have a good sense of humour. You might be single, or you might be married or in a civil relationship. You might already have children of your own or you might be retired.
You have a spare room (or two). If you are a couple, one of you might have a job. If one of you is always available for the child or young person at all times, you both could work outside the home – just not at the same time.
We are seeking homes from diverse ethnic groups. It is important to find placements where a child can be placed in a home with familiar language, culture, and religious customs. Too often people disqualify themselves from this rewarding career due to their age, lack of experience, financial situation, or marital status or lifestyle. Our fostering allowances are more than adequate for the expense of caring for looked after children. There are extra financial allowances for special needs.
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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. Professional social workers are available 24/7 and Capstone provides ongoing training and support.
When there are foster children in need, the local authorities must do the very best that they can to find families who can provide the services that can make a difference in the lives of these young people. While the authorities do provide their own foster homes, they are turning more and more to independent fostering agencies such as Capstone for this service.
It is a complicated process to find placements, especially when we require a home for a sibling group or a parent and child. These are two of the more difficult arrangements we must make. While it is possible to separate siblings, studies have indicated that this can have long-lasting negative effects on the children.
We provide specialised training and preparation for those carers who take in a parent and child, as this is a different type of placement. We also have a preponderance of teenagers who need you to open your home to them.
If you have ever thought about becoming a carer, it might be time to discuss it with your family and friends and call us on 0800 012 4004 or fill out an enquiry form and one of our members will call you back.