Fostering in Stockport
Could you foster? Before you shrug off the question, see how you feel about answering these questions. Are you a patient, good-humoured type of person? Do you want to make a difference in the world using your own innate personality?
If so, you may have the basic toolkit of the ideal foster carer. There are other factors involved, as you can imagine. Some of the factors are quite tangible such as whether you have a spare bedroom for a young person in your home. When these aspects of you and your home are determined, then it is a matter of training and assessing.
You might think that you need to be a married couple and own your home. You don’t have to be married or a homeowner. You can be single, LGBT, male, or female. You can rent. (Just make sure your landlord is all right with having children in your home.)
Capstone works with the local authority of the Stockport Council. Local authorities take children and young people into care based on their assessment of a young person’s birth family situation.
We have many types of placements, so we need many types of fostering – not just for a single child. There are sibling groups. Because families often have more than one child, it stands to reason that when the local authority has to find a placement, they often need a home for more than one child. More foster homes for sibling groups are wanted.
Because each child must have a private room of their own, we really would like to have you get in touch if you have an interest in becoming a foster carer and have more than one spare room.
There are older children and teenagers who need you. The majority of the looked after young people in the UK are over the age of 10. There are also young parents with toddlers or infants who need guidance to get started being parents.
When there are placements that call for special care, you have all the support you need, whether it is special equipment, extra involvement with your social worker, additional medical resources, or training.
If you have experience in looking after or working with children, that is great. However, it is not a requirement, and neither is a background in childhood education. What is important is that you have good health, energy, patience, and a willingness to expand your life. Each child has different needs but they all have in common the need for love and security.
When you get to meet the team, you will appreciate how much like a family we are. We have all the resources and expertise of a nationwide organisation with the cosy comfort of a small agency. Our team in the North is well established. Catherine Lockett is our regional director and we have offices in Greater Manchester (Heywood) Barnsley and Bradford.
We have all the support and resources you need to be ready to provide these services in Preston too. We have access to a number of local venues that ensure we can deliver local training and advice, as well as a responsive network of social workers who are always on hand to answer your questions.
To find out more about fostering in Stockport or to transfer to us from another agency, contact the local office on 01457 829 400.