Joining the Capstone family is easy because we support you every step of the way.
The following offers a quick summary of the transfer process, but for an in-depth view on why you should transfer to Capstone, please read our Knowledge Centre article “Changing IFA – Transferring to Capstone”.
If you’re thinking about transferring to us, get in touch and we’ll arrange to visit you at home to have a chat about what’s involved. We’ll work with you, your existing agency and the local authority to make sure everyone understands what will happen and that any children or young people placed with you are fully supported too.
Remember that foster carers can only be approved by one fostering agency at any one time.
The transfer process is slightly different depending on whether you have a child or young person placed with you when you decide to transfer.
What if I don’t have a child placed with me?
If you don’t have a child or young person placed with you when you decide to transfer, you’ll need to:
- Give an intention to resign to your existing fostering agency in writing or local authority
- Apply to foster with us
- After your panel presentation, give your formal resignation in writing into your existing agency or local authority
After we’ve visited you and you’ve made the decision to transfer, we’ll ask your existing fostering agency for a reference. When we’ve received this, you’ll be able to begin the transferring process.
You’ll be allocated a social worker and they’ll support you through your assessment.
What if I do have a child placed with me?
The needs of any looked after child or young person are really important to us. That’s why we’ll work closely with you and them to make sure that the transfer process works smoothly.
If you want to transfer to us, you’ll need to tell your existing agency as soon as possible. After you’ve done this, they’ll arrange a meeting to discuss the transfer and we’ll be at the meeting with you.
To find out more about joining the Capstone family, just give us a call. One of our staff would be glad to assist you.
The Fostering Network explain more about transferring in their ‘Transfer of Carers Protocol Aug 2014‘. If you’re thinking about transferring we recommend you give it a read, or call us for more information.