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Fostering in Lancashire

Fostering in Lancashire with Capstone Foster CareCapstone is an independent fostering agency. We have a positive working relationship with Lancashire Local Authority (Lancashire County Council). The local authority outsources placements to agencies such as Capstone which have the experience and dedicated focus on providing homes for foster children and young people. We carry out the assessment and placement, provide a generous allowance and special payments to foster families as well as provide ongoing education and assistance.

If you live in Lancashire and have the commitment and strength (and a spare room) to make a positive impact on a young person’s future, please consider becoming a part of our team. It is important for us to be able to give kids the best possible opportunity for a brighter future. To make this more possible, we really want to have enough foster parents available so that the looked after young person can stay in his or her own community, near the all-important network of friends and schoolmates they are used to having as familiar, emotional and educational support.

There is always a necessity for more people on our team, here and all across the UK, when it comes to having enough homes for all the children and young people in care. As an example, across the country there are about 9,000 placements needed on any day for whom there are no carers available because of the shortage of registered fosterers.

There are different types and durations of care needed. In particular, Capstone is seeking people who can offer placements to sibling groups and parent and child placements, as well as for the increasing demand to place young children. Each child needs to have a private bedroom that is theirs and theirs alone. For this reason, we need to have homes where there is more than one extra bedroom so that we can achieve our goal of placing siblings together. There is special training available for those who care for a parent and child.

As a carer, you receive training and support during the process of becoming approved, which can take from four to six months. You can become a foster carer regardless of age, marital status, gender, sexuality, disability, or employment status. You need to be at least 21 years of age. Regarding work outside the home, there is an expectation that one foster parent will be available 24/7. It is a rewarding choice of career where you provide love, care, and shelter that transforms lives. You need to be able to pass a health check as well as a DBS check on all household members over the age of 18.

Capstone also has an excellent in-house teaching programme, where our qualified teachers offer 1:1 teaching support for children in place. Carers are assigned experienced social workers who get to know you and your children and therefore are on hand to offer guidance and assistance. There is a 24-hour service so somebody is always available if you need help or advice.

For more information about becoming a registered carer, or if you are interested in transferring to our agency, please contact us on 0800 012 4004 or simply click our contact form here.

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