Fostering in Southend-on-Sea
Could you start fostering in Southend on Sea? Capstone Foster Care is on the lookout for caring and loving individuals to become foster parents and change the lives of children and young people in this southeastern coastal town.
As an independent fostering agency, we work with local authorities across England – including Southend-on-Sea Borough Council in Essex – to provide high-quality foster carers. Like almost every local authority in the country, Southend council is struggling to meet the demand for foster carers in the local area, with the number of children and young people in need of new foster homes outnumbering the number of foster families available. This is why we need your help – by becoming a foster carer with Capstone you’ll be helping meet this demand.
What do we look for in a foster parent? You may ask. First, applicants must be over the age of 21 and be in good health. Most importantly, however, prospective fosterers need to have a spare bedroom in their home. This is vital as it provides your foster placement with a secure and private space where they can relax and feel safe. You don’t have to own your home and you can be single. Your race doesn’t matter, nor does your gender, whether your LGBTQ or your religion. These things don’t affect your ability to provide excellent care to a child or young person and so it doesn’t impact your ability to become a foster carer and join the Capstone team. These things may, however, change the sort of placement you receive, as we are always looking to match foster children with foster parents capable of providing the most suitable fostering services.
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Once you apply you – and your family if appropriate – will be visited by a supervising social worker. Their job is to kick off the assessment process and talk to you about your background and ask you various questions. They will be on hand throughout the assessment process to support and guide you as well as prepare you for the final step of your assessment – the fostering panel meeting.
During the assessment period, we will offer you a place on a foster parenting skills training course. This is to make sure that you have all the skills you need to be a quality care provider. After you become a fully registered parent you’ll have the opportunity to attend further training to learn how to care for more specialist fostering placements – including therapeutic care, parent and child care and sibling group care.
Once you’re approved as a carer, you’ll receive a weekly allowance among other tax benefits. This is, not only to help you care for your placement but also a reward for your hard work and dedication to your new role on the Capstone Foster Care team.
If you’re interested in changing a life in your local area then please contact us today for more details. We’re on hand to answer any questions, provide more information or to help your kick off your application. You can give us a call on 0800 012 4004, use our online application form or send us a message through our live chat system. We look forward to hearing from you.