Fostering in Preston
If you live in the Preston area and have ever thought about becoming a foster carer, Capstone’s local office would really like to hear from you. Capstone works with the Lancashire County Council to provide fostering solutions for children and young people in Preston who have been taken into care.
Catherine Lockett is the Regional Director for Capstone’s team in the North. If you want to know what it takes to become a carer, the person to speak with is Adam Badat, our Foster Carer Recruitment Co-ordinator. Adam is available to provide information and to answer any of your questions. He’s multi-lingual, speaking Gujarati, Urdu, Hindi, and English.
Meanwhile, here is a brief overview of what you need to know if you have ever asked, “Can I foster?” The fostering journey begins with a very simple question: Do you have a spare bedroom?
It doesn’t matter whether you own your own home or rent. It doesn’t matter if you are married or single, gay or straight. Being a carer is all about providing a vulnerable child or young person with the type of life where they are valued, protected, and loved. Every child deserves a place of his or her own where they have privacy and the comfort of knowing that this is their bed and their chest of drawers. This is where they can learn, read, and dream.
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Because of our experience, we have learned that there is no set pattern for the placements needed. Many of the requests from the local councils and authorities are to place sibling groups, teenagers, and parent and child.
Parent and child placements are a special type of placement and we provide specialised training. The parent, usually the mum, needs a bit of help and guidance to look after her baby. As a carer, you provide the help and guidance while also ensuring the safety of the baby or toddler.
Teenagers comprise the largest group of young people who need foster homes. Because they may have been in care in the past, or for a long time, and because they are at a challenging age as their bodies change, their feeling of independence grows, and the future may seem daunting, teenagers demand a great deal of patience and understanding.
Because families where the local authorities must intervene often have more than one child, sibling group placements are needed. This means you need to have more space as only the younger siblings can share a bedroom. When you talk to Adam, he will be able to answer any of your questions about how soon you can foster and how decisions are made about who will be placed with you.
Our full training calendar is facilitated by trained professionals offering varied training. We also have an in-house education team to support young people with tuition and teaching as well as therapeutic services for young people who have experienced trauma and harm. Expert social workers are available for you 24/7.
If you have the room in your home, please contact Adam Badat directly on 07557 922209. Our office is located at Unit 5, Albert Edward House, The Pavillions, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, PR2 2YB. Our number is 01457 829 400.