Fostering in Slough
Do you live in Slough? Do you have a spare bedroom (or two)? Does your lifestyle offer sufficient time and flexibility to accommodate caring for a young person? If you have answered yes to these questions, here is the next question: have you ever thought what it might be like to become a foster carer?
Capstone is a well-established independent fostering agency. We work with the local authority of the Slough Borough Council. There is a constant shortage of foster parents, not just in this area, but throughout the UK.
Beyond the shortage of carers, we are also facing a specific shortage of ethnically diverse families who can take in looked after youngsters. Slough is considered the most ethnically diverse town in the United Kingdom. As much as possible, we want to place children and young people in a home that is close to the culture, language, and customs with which they are familiar.
While there is a great deal of ethnic diversity in Slough, we have been fortunate that many people from the Muslim community with Islamic beliefs and values have become carers. This is so important. With the recent crisis in Syria and wars in the Middle East, there has been an increasing number of young people of a Muslim background coming into care. Among the training classes we offer are those focused on supporting unaccompanied and asylum seeking children.
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As well as unaccompanied and asylum seeking children, we also have parent and child placements which have become more common. This provides a young family with a stronger start in life as the parent learns how to care for the baby and the baby is protected by being in a home where the carer provides a watchful eye.
We also need families with enough space to take in a sibling group. Studies indicate that being able to stay with brothers and sisters during a time of turmoil in a child’s life results in a more positive outcome in adulthood.
We need parents for young people with disabilities and for those with educational and emotional challenges.
There are several different types of fostering. You may or may not be able to specialise in a particular type of fostering because so much depends on the availability of placements. If there is a shortage of carers, you may be called upon for emergency care, or for looking after a 17-year-old, when you are used to caring for a parent and child.
Whether you have no experience working with children or are a foster carer already and eager to transfer to our agency, we would love to talk to you. Our professional recruitment team is very friendly. They can guide you through the process of becoming a carer and answer all your questions about what is involved in the process.
Our reputation is excellent. We have a highly skilled and highly educated team of professionals. Our financial support is generous.
Please contact Capstone Foster Care for further information about becoming a foster carer. Contact us on 0118 322 4360 or simply complete our online form.