Fostering in Romford
Capstone Foster Care is recruiting foster carers in Romford. We are an independent fostering agency and we have a contract with the local authority of the Havering London Borough Council. Capstone provides many types of care and currently we also need homes with enough space for sibling groups.
This means that you must have a bedroom for each looked after child, although young siblings may share a room if they are of the same gender and if the room is large enough for two beds and a desk and chest of drawers.
We also need carers for parent and child placements where a very young or inexperienced parent learns good parenting skills while the baby or toddler is in a safe and loving home. This enables the small family unit to bond and grow together.
We have supervising social workers to provide any support and supervision necessary. Our children’s champion, a senior member of staff, makes independent visits to children and young people so that they have a way that their concerns are heard. The champion reports to the team to address specific issues. This way, we ensure that the needs of the child are met by the carers, the agency, or the social worker.
If you are interested in becoming a carer, the process begins with one of our social workers being appointed as your main point of contact and to work alongside you to complete your assessment. You attend a mandatory two-day ‘Skills to Foster’ training course. Not only do you learn more about being a carer, you meet other applicants. There are several home visits where your assigned worker gets to know you and your family.
The worker writes a report about you, your family, your skills, previous experiences, significant events, and your suitability to be a carer. You are invited to attend the fostering panel meeting where your report is presented and discussed by the panel members. The panel makes a recommendation to our agency decision maker. The decision maker makes the final decision. Once you are approved, you attend an induction training session and will be allocated a supervising social worker to support you throughout your career.
The allowances we provide vary depending on the age of the child as well as his or her needs. Allowances are in the region of £400 per youngster per week. You are also given 14 days paid holiday (respite) a year. As an example of the variation in the allowances, for parent and child placements it is £620 per week.
Because we are an agency that values your work and understands the importance of play, we organise various fun events and family outings throughout the year. This allows you, your family, and foster children to enjoy socialising with other families and realise the power of the carer network.
To learn more about how to become a fosterer with us, call us on 0800 012 4004 or fill out an enquiry form and one of our members will call you back.