Fostering in Farnham
If you’re interested in the idea of becoming a foster parent, we’d like you to consider fostering in Farnham.
As an independent fostering agency working in the Farnham area, we work closely with communities and local authorities around the country, including Surrey County Council – the public authority responsible for child care services in Farnham. We help these councils help place children and young people into foster care after, for whatever reason, they have had to be removed from their family homes. There is currently a shortage of foster parents across England, meaning that children and young people that are in desperate need of a loving and caring new foster home cannot be placed with new families. That is why we’re searching for caring and dedicated people to join our foster care team and help change lives.
By becoming a foster parent with Capstone Foster Care, you’d be making a big difference in the life of a child or young person. By caring for a local young person, you’d allow them to, as much as possible, continue their lives as normal. Being able to stay in their old school and stay in touch with their friends creates a consistency in their educational and social lives, something which is a huge part of creating a positive fostering experience for looked after children and young people.
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Before you apply to become a foster carer, there are a few things to consider. If you’re reading this, then it’s safe to assume that you already have the desire to help children in your community and have the caring and patient personality that fits with the profession. You’ll also need to be over 21 years of age, be in good health and have a spare bedroom in your house. This last part is vital. Ensuring that your foster placement has a secure and private space gives them somewhere where they can relax and feel safe, without a suitable spare bedroom it is not possible to foster.
Once you’ve applied with Capstone Foster Care, you – and your family if appropriate – will be visited, in your home, by your assigned supervising social worker. Their role is to kick off the assessment process which will culminate in a meeting with a fostering panel. It is the panel’s job to give us the final recommendation as to your suitability as a foster parent, though the final decision will be ours. Throughout the assessment period, which usually lasts between four and six months, your social worker will be on hand to support you, offer advice and answer any questions you might have. You’ll also be provided with specialist foster skills training during this time; meaning we can ensure that you have all the skills you need to offer high-quality foster care services and make your first placement a success.
All foster carers receive a weekly allowance to help cover the cost of fostering and to act as a reward for the time and dedication that you have invested in your role. For more information on how fostering allowances are calculated and what you could be eligible to receive, please click here.
If you’re interested in applying with Capstone Foster Care, or just want to ask us some questions, then please get in touch today. We can be reached by phone by calling 0800 012 4004, by using our online contact form or by sending us a message on our live chat service. We look forward to hearing from you!