Therapeutic Foster Care
There is a demand for people who are interested in caring for children and young people with complex needs and challenging behaviour. The goal is to help children flourish and grow into a happy life. When their start in life has been traumatic, they may have been damaged and left to suffer emotionally and developmentally. This makes it more difficult for them to flourish and they need extra assistance. A child may not even know how to play. By being part of a safe and accepting home, they also are able to learn to trust and form relationships.
Therapeutic fostering calls for special training and education in looking after children with complex needs and foster carers become part of a therapy team. Capstone Foster Care will train you and offer proper support before any placement is made.
Capstone is pleased to lead the development a Multidisciplinary Assessment & Treatment service (MATs). This is a specialist fostering programme, providing enhanced support and resources for foster carers and children referred to the programme. The development of this service at Capstone means we can provide more children with a family home that can meet their needs. A home supported by a clinical therapeutic team. Foster carers will have enhanced skills and training in therapeutic parenting, and children will receive direct therapeutic input which is often inaccessible, or with long waiting lists, through their local child care services.
Foster parents provide an environment where children and young people can feel protected and valued and receive the day to day support and treatment they need. If a child has suffered severe neglect, special care may be needed to heal the physical, emotional, and social injury they have endured. Children placed in therapeutic child care often have difficulty with relationships and trust and they often suffer depression and exhibit withdrawn behaviour or have issues with anger management and aggressive behaviour.
In these cases, a foster home is not just a home, it’s a safe and comfortable sanctuary for troubled children and young people. Foster parents are provided with ongoing training and support to guide and assist them through the process of being part of a specialist team. The foster carer plays the double role of providing a secure family setting where the child can live and thrive as well as a therapeutic environment to help the child or young person along the road to recovery and help them toward feeling that they are part of a community.
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The foster carer works with the child and learns as much as possible about the child’s circumstances, responses, and emotional state. This is part of the effort to know the best approach to help the child’s psychological, emotional, and social development. Part of the foster carer’s nurturing involves having a deep belief in the child’s ability to develop self-esteem, self-confidence, and relationships and recover from old disturbing circumstances. When the foster parent is available to talk to the child or young person at all times in a loving and understanding manner, some of the damage can be repaired. One of the biggest challenges is to be able to see beyond the child’s inappropriate behaviour to the reasons and motivations that underlie the way they act.
You will have plenty of support in terms of backing from a qualified team working with you to help ensure a successful and positive outcome for the child or young person.
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent and have experience in or willingness to work with specialist mental health services, contact Capstone Foster Care for more information on therapeutic foster care.
Capstone assesses the foster home and carer and ensures that the essential training for therapeutic foster care is ready before any placement is made. A supervising social worker is available to work with the foster family in all fostering placements. Our foster parents provide an unparalleled service.
If you would like to register your interest, or simply talk to someone further, please call Capstone Foster Care on 0800 012 4004 or simply click here.