Fostering in Aldershot
If you’ve ever thought about becoming a foster parent, we’d like you to consider fostering in Aldershot with Capstone Foster Care. By fostering in your local community, you’ll help children and young people develop and grow while allowing them to stay in contact with their friends and continue their lives as normally as possible after having to leave their family homes.
Capstone Foster Care is an independent fostering agency. This means we work with and support local authorities by providing high-quality foster parents when their own list of carers can’t fulfil the demand. Two authorities we work with being Rushmoor Borough Council and Hampshire County Council – the councils responsible for child protection and foster child placement for Aldershot. Even with our available foster carers combined with the local authority carer list, however, the demand for foster parents is still far greater than the number of foster families available. We need your help to meet this demand and make sure that children and young people in Aldershot receive the care they need.
So who can become a foster carer? There are only a few pre-requisites that you must meet in order to apply. You must be over the age of 21, be in good health and, perhaps most importantly have a spare bedroom in your home. This is so that your foster placements can have a secure and private space all of their own; somewhere that they can feel safe and relax.
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Things that don’t determine whether you can foster: your race; your gender identity; whether you’re LGBTQ or your religion. These things don’t affect your ability to care for a child or young person and so they don’t impact your ability to become a registered foster parent and provide a high-quality care service with Capstone Foster Care.
Once you apply, a supervising social worker will visit you and, if applicable, your family, in your home. This will start the assessment process that will culminate with a meeting with the fostering panel – the independent advisory board that will ultimately decide whether to recommend you as a foster carer. Throughout the assessment process, your assigned social worker will support and guide you through every step. We’ll also place you on a foster parenting skills training course to make sure that you have everything you need to offer high-quality fostering services to the children and young people in your care.
Once approved you’ll be given a foster placement that best meets your skill set and personality. This could be one of many types of foster care we offer, including long and short term fostering as well as more specialist placements, such as parent and child, sibling group or respite care. Each type of care comes with its own weekly allowance to help cover care costs as well as act as a reward for the dedication, time and care you’ve invested into your new role as a Capstone team member.
If you want to make a difference in your local area and experience the rewarding feeling of helping children and young people in need, then please contact us. Get in touch with the Capstone Foster Care office today by phone on 0800 012 4004, using our online form or by using our live chat. Our staff look forward to hearing from you and are on hand to answer any questions, provide more information and help you start your journey to becoming a foster carer.