Fostering Agencies North West
Your local Capstone office
The Old Toll House, 51 Huddersfield Road, Denshaw, Oldham, OL3 5SB – 01457 829 400
We are one of the leading independent foster care agencies in the North West of England. We are recruiting foster carers across Lancashire, Manchester, Cheshire, Cumbria and Yorkshire.
We aim to build brighter futures for everyone involved in fostering. Whether you’re brand new to fostering, or you’re already a foster carer, our team will support you to make fostering a placed child a positive, rewarding and enjoyable experience.
We have been operating in the North West for over a decade, and we have an experienced social work and admin team who will support you during the fostering process. We also have a committed and valued family of foster carers who enjoy planning fostering events together and support each other on their fostering journey.
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Why choose Capstone Foster Care?
We are an independent fostering provider, and we are known for the extra support we can offer, which can be more than the fostering teams from local authorities. We will nurture you, from initial visit through the assessment process and panel, into becoming a foster carer.
Training and support
We provide training and support to anyone who is thinking of becoming a registered foster carer. As part of our fostering service we train foster carers to an outstanding standard so they can gain the skills needed to support foster children and young people to feel safe during a difficult time in their lives.
Our fostering agency also offers specialist training because the children we are being asked to support often have challenging behaviors or specialist needs. Young people who have suffered trauma at home and are now in foster care may need extra support to help them come through a difficult time. With the support of a social worker, our foster carer can put together a care plan, to encourage a child to make positive progress.
Some of the young people we support are mothers and their babies. This is known as parent and child fostering. In this fostering placement, a foster carer supports a parent to look after their infant, usually a new born. Find out more about parent and child fostering here.
Foster carer support groups happen regularly across the North West region. These sessions give foster parents the opportunity to come together to discuss their fostering journey with a group of foster carers who can relate and give advice about fostering.
Who are we looking for
Foster carers come from all walks of life, backgrounds and ethnicities. In the North West we are looking for a diverse range of foster carers. Some of the essential things you need to have if you are thinking of fostering are:
– A spare bedroom
– Time and energy
– Willingness to support children and a caring nature
– A sense of humour helps!
When we are recruiting foster carers in the north west, we need people or families who are able to offer support and time to children and young people in need of a family environment. A spare bedroom is essential so that a young person can have their own space in your home. A foster carer needs to be flexible, and able to take time to go to meetings and training. It usually helps if you drive, so that you can get a young person to the meetings and contact with birth family as necessary, although if your public transport system is excellent we can review this.
The rewards of fostering
Fostering is a professional career and when a child is being a supported, allowances are paid to the foster carers. This allowance is paid to enable foster carers to focus on the fostering task and provide what is necessary to the placements they are supporting. You will also be entitled to 14 days respite per year.
A fostering family usually talks about the rewards of being able to support a young person to thrive. You can hear more about the rewards in the short video below.
The benefits for Capstone foster carers include 24/hour support from our team, training, events, support groups and family days out. We also provide our foster carers with membership of FosterTalk which provides a wide range of services, including expert advice about finance, education, and discounts on a wide range of goods and suppliers.
Contact your local Capstone office
Our offices in the north west are based in Oldham, Preston and Barnsley and our recruitment team will be happy to support your fostering enquiry each step of the way. Please contact us today, or call 0800 012 4004, for a friendly chat about Capstone Foster Care and our fostering services.