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Fostering in Devon with Capstone Foster CareHave you been thinking of fostering in Devon but don’t know where to start or who to talk to? Then the Capstone Foster Care South West team are here to help. Our friendly professional fostering team are on hand to answer any questions, offer fostering advice and even help you start your fostering journey. You can reach us by calling 0800 012 4004 or by sending us an e-mail using our online enquiry form.

We are an independent fostering agency, which means we support local authorities, such as Devon County Council, by providing essential fostering services to children placed into their care. This happens because there is a large disparity between the current number of foster families available and the ever-growing number of children and young people in need of a loving home. By becoming a foster carer with Capstone, you’ll be making a real difference to children in your local area.

All you need to be eligible to become a foster parent with us is that you be over the age of 21, in good health and have a spare room in your home. This last part is the most important. A spare room to act as your foster placement’s bedroom provides a safe and private space where the child or young person in your care can feel secure and relaxed which is shown to improve fostering outcomes in every instance. There is no upper age limit for being a carer and your race, religion, gender or whether you are LGBTQ or not have no impact on your ability to join our fostering family.

Once you apply to foster a child, you’ll be visited in your home by your assigned supervising social worker. This is an informal meeting so that we can get to know you better and learn more about your living situation. This marks the start of the assessment process that usually lasts between four and six months. During this period you’ll be invited to attend one of our fostering skills training courses. These courses are provided as part of our learning and education provision for prospective carers.

As well as standard long and short-term fostering placements, we’re also looking for carers who are able to take on more specialist fostering roles. This includes parent and child fostering, where both an infant child and their young parent are placed into care together. The aim of this type of placement is to educate and monitor the young parent and their parenting skills, while also aiding in the care of the child themselves. Other specialist fostering services include sibling groups and respite care placements.

All of our foster carers are paid a weekly allowance. This money is there both to help cover the costs of caring for a new family member, and also as a reward for the time, care and dedication displayed by our foster parents.

If you’d like more information about fostering in Devon with Capstone Foster Care, then our friendly office team are here to help. Contact us today and help change the life of a child or young person in need.

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