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Fostering in the South West

Fostering in the South West with Capstone Foster CareWe are looking for warm and caring people to join our team and start fostering in the South West. If you’re looking to make a difference in your community, then a rewarding career in foster care could be just what you’re looking for. If you’d like to talk to us about starting the application process, or just have some questions that you need answering, then get in touch today. You can reach us by using the contact form below, our online live chat or by giving us a call on 0800 012 4004. Our team look forward to hearing from you.

Where Can You Find Us?

We have offices in Devon, Somerset, Gloucester and Dorset, but Capstone Foster Care works all over the South West of England. We’ve been working with local authorities in the region for over ten years – providing high-quality foster parent services and helping children and young people find the caring homes that they deserve.

For more information on the work we do in your community, click on one of the locations below.

What Do You Need to Become a Foster Parent?

More important than any qualification, or even extensive parenting experience, is a drive to make a difference and a caring, warm heart. No matter your circumstances or lifestyle, there’s a type of foster care for you – there isn’t just one kind of foster care!

There are a couple of mandatory requirements you need to be aware of, however. To apply to become a foster parent you need to be over the age of 21, be in good health and have a spare bedroom in your home for the child or young person in your care.

What Types of Fostering Are There?

When most people think of foster care, they mostly think of long and short-term placements.  This is where a single child or young person is placed with a family for a limited period, whether that’s days, months or until the child reaches maturity.

More specialist types of care include parent and child care, where a young infant and their young parent are placed in care together. This is done to keep the family together and help the parent develop their parenting skills in a safe and controlled environment. Another type of foster care is sibling group fostering. This is where sibling groups are kept together when put into foster care, this is considered a specialist type of care due to the amount of space required. In all instances, Capstone Foster Care look to keep sibling groups together if possible.

Foster Care Payments

Foster care is a full-time career and so it’s important to know that you’re able to support yourself through it. At Capstone we provide all our carers with a competitive weekly allowance to act as both a reward for your loving work and to help cover the extra costs of the new addition to your family.

The actual value of this payment varies depending on the type of fostering service you’re providing, the age of your placements and your location.

To learn more about how much foster parents are paid, click here.

What Next?

If you’re interested in starting your foster care journey or want to know more about the assessment process, the training and support services we offer, or anything else, then contact us today.

You can reach the Capstone Foster Care team by using the form below, our live chat or by calling 0800 012 4004.

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