If you are from Blackpool and you want to foster, our team is available to support you. We have a local office in Preston, and a dedicated team based across the North West, to help you on your journey to become a foster carer and make a difference. We are looking for carers who can help children get through a tough time.
You will need to be committed and supportive towards children and teenagers who need stability and care. We’re often asked to look after siblings, if you have space for more than one child we’d love to hear from you, as we think it’s important to keep brothers and sisters together. We have many mother and babies who need care. In these parent and child placements, mum often needs a bit of help and guidance to look after her baby. To do this we offer specialised training.
Carers have said that they enjoy the challenges that being a carer brings. They also praise Capstone for being child-focused and for the great educational support we offer. Our training courses cover all the aspects that carers encounter and we provide specialised training based on the skills needed to meet a particular child’s needs. There is always a qualified social worker ready to help you through any difficulties that you may encounter.
When you are caring for young people who may have attitudes that are hard to cope with, or if you have an uncommunicative youngster, or if you run into trouble with the birth family, you are never alone. The Capstone team works together with the one primary goal – to give young people the best possible chance at a positive future.
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Capstone works closely with Blackpool Council. As it is across the country, it is the local authorities that respond to concerns regarding a child’s environment. The local authority in Blackpool assesses the situation and when, which is all too frequently, a placement is required, a foster home that is suitable must be provided.
When there is a shortage of suitable foster homes, the children suffer. This is what we need from you: a spare bedroom, your good health, your patient and caring nature, and your willingness to meet with a supervising social worker over a period of a few months.
You don’t have to be married or own your own home. You can be LBGT, single, a couple. Ideally, you are over 25. It doesn’t matter if you have no experience with children. We offer lots of training and a full team to support you as you learn the fostering lifestyle.
To find out more about fostering, contact Adam Badat, our Foster Carer Recruitment Co-ordinator. Adam can answer any questions about fostering you may have. Our number is 01457 829 400 you can reach Adam directly on 07557 922209 or enquire online.
They will be happy to answer any questions you may have about fostering. If the discussion goes well and you feel ready to proceed we will normally arrange to come and see you at home to find out more about you and your family.
Your local Capstone office is at Unit 5, Albert Edward House, The Pavillions, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, PR2 2YB – 01772 842 091