Fostering in Kirklees
We are looking for caring individuals who want to dedicate their time to make a difference in their community to join Capstone Foster Care and start fostering in Kirklees.
As an independent foster care agency, we work closely with local authorities, including Kirklees Council, to provide children with new homes should they, for whatever reason, be unable to continue living with their birth families. This is where you come in. There is a constant demand for fostering services around the UK, but only a limited number of available foster parents. By becoming a registered foster carer with Capstone Foster Carer you could help meet that need.
We provide many types of fostering services to children and young people across Yorkshire, including emergency (short notice) foster care and long and short-term care as well as parent and child and sibling group care. We are especially interested in people interested in providing the latter two services. Parent and child care involves caring for both a small child and their young parent – the aim is to teach and assess the parents’ ability to look after their child, meaning you will be helping keep a young family together. Sibling group foster care is where a carer takes a placement made of several siblings – studies show that keeping brothers and sisters together lessens the impact of going into care and we aim to do this whenever we can. It can be hard to find carers for siblings groups, however, as it requires multiple spare rooms.
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At Capstone, we believe that our carers are our most important asset – and so we’ll help you be the best foster parent you can be. We offer a wide range of training and support services to our carers, starting with our “Skills to Foster” course which will help you understand the basic skills required to become a top-tier foster carer. Once you have received approval as a foster carer you will be encouraged to attend more training courses to further boost your skill set.
To help cover the cost of foster care, we also provide competitive fostering payments and allowances to help pay for general household expenses and other child care essentials. The value of the allowance will depend on what kind of placement you take on. All foster carers are also covered by special tax benefits.
So who can foster? And what is the process? Almost anyone can foster, all we ask is that you are over the age of 21, are in good health and have at least one spare bedroom in your home – you don’t even need to own your own home as long as the landlord agrees to a child or young person living there. If you pass this initial requirement then we’ll meet with you, visit your home and ensure that both you and your home are suitable carer candidates. You will work closely with an experienced social worker who will give support and advice throughout the process and will help you prepare for your fostering panel meeting – this appraisal meeting is the final step before becoming a registered foster carer.
For more information, or to start your foster care journey, please do not hesitate to contact Capstone today. You can call us on 0800 012 4004 or by using our online enquiry form. We hope to hear from you soon.