Capstone Foster Care needs foster carers in Sheffield. We are an independent fostering agency that works with Sheffield City Council which has a mandate that every child, young person, and family achieves their full potential. This is reflected in their strategy for children and young people who are in care, who have been adopted, and who are care leavers.
Its local authority responds to children in crisis and removes them from their homes in drastic circumstances and that is where Capstone comes in. We work with the local authority in providing safe and loving homes for these young people.
There are different types of fostering that can fit around the amount time you can offer to look after a child, their different ages, and the length of stay they need. Some families provide emergency shelter for when the local authorities are determining the outcome of a situation where they have to remove kids from their home. Others provide short term care while a final adoption procedure is underway or while the birth parent is recovering sufficiently to be able to provide a safe and caring home.
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More often than not, a sibling group needs to be placed and it has been determined that it is better for brothers and sisters to be kept together. There is no such thing as a typical placement when it comes to fostering. Each situation is different although neglect and abuse are often factors behind the removal from the family.
Looking after any young person involves a wide range of responsibilities. Some children have challenging behaviour and you need to see past the behaviour to the little person behind it. Patience and a sense of humour go a long way toward forging a connection with the children in your care. This calls for open-mindedness and a willingness to accept the child as he or she is. They have come from different backgrounds and they have different abilities.
A new foster parent is never pushed into an overwhelming situation. You are part of a team and have Capstone’s full range of services available to help with any situation. If the child needs special services or assistance with health or education or special equipment, support is available. You will work with a social worker who knows you, your home, and your strengths and weaknesses.
The assessment process can take a couple of months or it may take half a dozen months and the process includes training and background checks. Our requirements begin with good health, energy, compassion, and at least one spare room. You don’t have to own your house. If it is rented, check with your landlord. There are frequent home visits as we get to know you and your family as well as DBS and health checks.
It’s worth it. Making this choice is a rewarding experience. To be able to take a child or young person into your home provides a way to transform their lives.
If you want to find out more about Capstone and have an interest in becoming a foster parent, contact us. We can answer your questions about the process, our financial allowances, and the steps you need to take.
Your local Capstone office:
If you would you like to know more about our needs in Yorkshire, please contact Adam Badat our Foster Carer Recruitment Co-ordinator. Adam is happy to take your call and answer any questions about fostering you may have. Our number is 01457 829 400 or you can reach Adam directly on 07557 922209. Your local Capstone office is located at Unit 20, Kendray Business Centre Thornton Road, Kendray, Barnsley, S70 3NA – 01226 771 666.