Fostering in Bolton
In Bolton, as in the rest of the UK, there is a crisis in foster care. It’s a crisis you can help overcome by becoming a foster carer. It is a simple matter of there being a shortage of people who are available to make a positive change in the lives of the children and young people in their own neighbourhood.
Many children that come into care have had a difficult experience and need a loving family to offer them the support they need at a challenging time. Capstone is an independent fostering agency. Our mandate is to provide the best chances in life possible for these children. A major part of building positive futures for children in care is to have the homes available when the local authorities turn to us seeking a home for the children and young people that they have taken into care.
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Here’s a thumbnail sketch of the types of foster parents we need. You! So long as you have the spare room in your home for a child or two (or three) and the health, energy, and patience to step up and be a carer, you fit the image of who we want to have on our team.
We usually support kids over five, and we have a lot of parent and child placements, usually where babies come to us with their parent (or sometimes both parents). We also think it’s important to keep siblings together, so if you have the space to look after more than one child, we’d like to hear from you.
It is a wonderful asset if you can provide a home where the young ones who need you can be cared for in an environment that is culturally similar to their family home. Diversity is an important aspect of our society. It is difficult enough for a young person to be removed from the only home he or she has known without having to be removed from the language, food, and religion with which they are familiar.
While you will be the child’s primary contact on a daily basis, you always have the full and immediate support of a dedicated social worker. What makes fostering fulfil a child’s potential is the ability for the Capstone team to fill in the deficits in the young person’s life. Education, training, tutoring, counselling, and our network of carers are all available for you.
The local authority of Bolton Council is always reaching out to Capstone for families to step in to provide homes for the youngsters that they have taken into care. Most of them are 10 years old, or older. All of them need someone like you to provide them with love, security, and acceptance. Some will be with you for a few days while their family’s life is straightened out. Some may be with you for a year. Some may become part of your family for the rest of your happy lives together.
Let Capstone know if you are interested in joining our team. We offer generous allowances, dedicated social workers, and ongoing training.