Fostering in High Wycombe
There is always a shortage of foster carers across the UK. High Wycombe is no exception. Capstone has an arrangement with many local authorities, including with the Buckinghamshire County Council, to provide foster homes to young people who have been taken into care. And the fact is, we need more foster families because there are a lot of children in need in the area.
Having a spouse or partner is not a factor in fostering. Single men and women are also urged to consider becoming a part of the Capstone team. There is something else you should know. In this area, the majority of the looked after children are 10 years old and older. Babies are often part of parent and child placements but are rarely fostered on their own.
One of the first requirements of people who are interested in being carers is that they have a spare room for the child in care. As often as not, a child taken into care is part of a sibling group and this requires a separate room for each child. If you have a spare bedroom, why not think about what a positive change it would be to become involved with us?
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Other than having the space for a child, potential foster parents should be level-headed and have an interest in caring for children. Your background, marital status, skill set, and education are not factors. You don’t have to be experienced in caring for, or working with, children and young people. During the assessment period, Capstone provides one-on-one training, online training, and group training.
If you have been thinking about fostering, here’s what Lynne Blenko had to say about why she chose Capstone. Lynne and her husband had fostered for many years with another agency, and during that time had cared for more than 90 young people.
Last year, they felt that the large national agency they were with was moving in a different direction. Lynne and her husband, Chris, both felt that the agency’s direction and values “no longer seemed to fit with us.”
They looked around for a change of agency and did their research. When they came across Capstone, they immediately felt that it had “the same warm friendly family feel that our old agency used to have.”
Capstone has a passion to achieve a common goal – “building brighter futures, for the children in our care, our foster carers and our valued members of staff.” They transferred to Capstone. It was a seamless transition. The process took under three months.
Lynne praises the training and support as well and recommends anyone interested in transferring to Capstone or beginning a new career in fostering to get in contact with Capstone.
If you are interested in finding out more about how to become a carer, Capstone would love to hear from you. Please contact us for further information about the process involved in becoming a carer.
Ring us on 020 3384 4435 or simply complete our online form. We’ll be happy to come out and visit your home to discuss fostering.