Fostering in Buckinghamshire
Do you live in Buckinghamshire? Capstone is actively seeking people like you to become part of our team that performs wonders in the successful outcomes for children in care. We work with the Buckinghamshire County Council as an independent fostering agency. Children and young people are taken into care by local authorities for a variety of reasons. They come to the attention of the authorities when situations such as abuse and neglect prevail in their homes.
While a local authority has its own roster of carers where these kids can be placed, there is an increasing number of children taken into care and a greater requirement for homes prepared to accommodate them, and that are trained to provide the caring, safety, and comforts that every child deserves in his or her life.
If you are thinking about becoming a foster carer in Buckinghamshire, our very first question will be whether you have a spare bedroom (or two). It doesn’t matter if you own your own house or rent, or even if it is a house. A flat with a spare room is just as suitable. If you rent, you should check with your landlord to ensure that fostering is accepted. Sometimes landlords have rules about children or extra people living in the rental unit.
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Among the other pieces of information we need to gather about you are details about your health and your background. This means that there will be a health check and a DBS check on all members of the household over the age of 18. Having a criminal record does not automatically disqualify you from being a member of our team. The nature of the past criminal activity is taken into account when your application is assessed.
Another factor that is important is that you do not have to be married or in a common law relationship. Single carers are welcomed and encouraged. So are gays and lesbians. The one thing you need – aside from a spare room – is patience. You also need to have a lot of energy.
We need families from diverse ethnic backgrounds, families who are able to care for kids with disabilities as well as families for teenagers. We need people who are available for emergency placements.
A social worker will meet with you and get to know you, your household, and your family. During the assessment process, you have access to our friendly staff who are able to answer any questions you may have. You will also receive training during the application process and after you are approved as a carer.
Are you based in this area? Do you have a spare bedroom available? Are you able to offer the time, patience, and commitment required to look after a vulnerable child?
If you would like to become a foster carer, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Capstone for further information about becoming a carer. Contact us on 020 3384 4435 or simply use our online form. We’ll be happy to come out and visit your home to discuss fostering further.