Fostering in Exeter
Fostering in Exeter – is it something you’ve ever thought about doing? If so, we’d love to hear from you.
Capstone Foster Care is an independent fostering agency. This means that we work closely with local authorities across England, such as Devon County Council, to provide high-quality foster care services when the council’s own contingent of carers isn’t enough to meet demand. The sad truth is that there is an ever-growing discrepancy between the number of children and young people who, for whatever reason, have had to be removed from their family homes and the number of foster families able to take them in. If you decide to become a foster carer and join the Capstone South West team, you’ll be helping close that gap.
What do you need to foster? Most importantly, you need a spare room in your home. This is essential as, in every case, having a private and secure space where a foster placement can relax and feel safe is shown to improve fostering outcomes. The only other requirements are that you be in good health and are over the age of 21. Beyond this, your gender, age, race, religion or whether you identify as LGBTQ have no impact on your ability to provide a great fostering service with the Capstone team.
Foster care is a full-time job, and as with any career, it’s important that you’re able to support yourself financially. That is why all of our foster carers receive a competitive weekly allowance along with various tax benefits. This money is there, not only to help cover the cost of any foster placements in your care but also as a reward for the time and commitment you’ve invested in your roles. The value of the allowance varies depending on where you’re fostering and whether you’re taking on “standard” or specialist foster placements such as mother and child or sibling group care.
Once you apply you’ll be visited by your assigned supervising social worker who’ll be there to support you and offer advice throughout the four to six month assessment process. During this process, you’ll be invited to attend one of our fostering skills training courses for potential carers. This course will help you prepare for your first placement and provide you with all the skills you need. The end of the process is marked by a meeting with the independent fostering panel who’ll make a recommendation as to your suitability as a foster parent. The final decision however, remains with Capstone Foster Care.
If you’re thinking of fostering, then contact us today. Whether you need more information, have any questions or want to start your fostering journey, then our friendly office staff are here to help. You can reach us by phone by giving us a call on 0800 012 4004 or online by using our enquiry form or live chat.
By joining the Capstone team as a new registered foster parent, you’ll help ensure those in need have access to a safe and loving home and will be making a real difference in the life of a child or young person.
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