Fostering in Wigan
Do you live in Wigan? Do you have a spare bedroom in your home? Are you looking for a new (and rewarding) challenge in your life?
Why do the answers to these questions matter to Capstone Foster Care?
Because we have contracted with the local authority of the Wigan Council to provide fostering services, we are very interested in finding more foster carers to meet the demand. There are children and young people who need safe, caring homes and there are not enough foster families available.
What we are saying is that if you have the spare room and the desire to change your life and the life of a youngster, we want to talk to you. Of course, there are other questions such as are you healthy? Do you have energy, positivity, and patience?
Your question might be, “who will be my foster child?”
We can say that the child might be someone who needs your loving home for a short time until they are ready to return to their birth family. It could just as easily be a sibling group who desperately want to stay together during this period of change. Perhaps the young person could be in the process of being adopted and need you for a little while until the adoption is finalised.
The placement might be a parent and child. In the past, this was called mother and baby fostering but because sometimes it is the father or both parents who need the help, the name has been changed. As a carer your role is to help the young parent learn how to parent while also ensuring that the baby or toddler is given proper love and care.
Each child is different and has different needs. We need carers who are flexible and who can work with a team that includes the supervising social worker, teachers, medical professionals, and therapists.
If you are new to fostering, you might feel a little apprehensive about your first placement. There is no need to feel this because you are provided training and support all along and you are never alone as a carer. Helping a youngster thrive in a community where they have their peer network and the school where they already feel like they belong can make a huge difference. By having more carers in Wigan, they can stay where they already feel like part of the community.
You will become part of the Capstone’s Ofsted ‘Oustanding’ rated team and part of our network of carers. We are not just there with the information you need. We are a family that works together. We know all our foster families and their strengths and preferences.
If you have any questions about becoming a carer, we are eager to talk to you. For more information, or to enquire about joining our team, please enquire online or call 0800 012 4004.