Fostering in Tameside
As with the rest of Greater Manchester, there is a shortage of foster families in the Tameside area. Capstone works with the local authority of the Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council as an independent agency which provides homes for looked after children and young persons. This is why we need people like you who are interested in becoming a carer. If children can remain in their own community, it is better for them.
When local authorities take children and young people into care, there is an ongoing assessment of the youngster’s parent or parents and their living situation. This forms the basis of the placement plan for the young person.
In an emergency placement, fostering lasts only a short time, perhaps a few days. When there has been a sudden illness or death, emergency foster care would be the typical response although in most cases there is the hope that the placement will be short-term. Ideally, kids should be able to live in a peaceful and wholesome home with their birth parent or parents.
In reality, stays are often longer, with the typical length of placements being a bit longer than a year. When there is no possibility of the youngster returning to his or her birth family, the options include long-term foster care, adoption, or private fostering.
There is both a complexity and a simplicity to looking after children and young people. As a carer, you are part of a team that monitors and assesses their development. Their needs vary according to their physical, mental, and emotional abilities. Capstone brings together the best of the best resources to enable the team to open up a new and brighter future for the youngsters they are looking after.
We provide generous foster care allowances, with the pay for a standard placement being up to £400 per week per child. For specialty arrangements such as parent and child placements, the allowance is between £600-650 per week. When a sibling group is placed, the allowance is paid per child. As well as these payments, you also have the ongoing support of a supervising social worker, and access to a complete fostering team of experts to help in any situation.
Capstone wishes to recruit carers with the space for extra people. It is a requirement that each person placed in a home has his or her own bedroom. Don’t eliminate yourself from considering this career based on misinformation. You can be single, married, male, female, LGBT, and any age over 25. In some situations, being 21 is acceptable. You don’t have to own your home.
During the application process, which lasts at least two months and sometimes up to six months, you undergo health and police checks as well as visits from your social worker while they get to know you, your family, and your lifestyle. We get to know about your experience and you get to know about the training we provide.
For more information, or to enquire about joining our team, please enquire online or call 01457 829 400.