Fostering in Plymouth
Capstone Foster Care is searching for caring and dedicated individuals to start fostering in Plymouth. By becoming a foster parent with the Capstone South West team, you’ll be able to really make a difference to children and young people in your local area.
We are an independent foster care agency, which means we work with local councils across England, including Plymouth City Council, and support them by providing high-quality foster families and homes. This service is vital because, as is the case nationwide, there is a large discrepancy between the number of foster homes available and the number of children and young people in need of a safe haven. By joining our team you can help close this gap.
At Capstone, we treat our carers like the professionals they are, which is why we pay all of our carers a competitive weekly allowance, not only to help cover the costs of caring for a new family member but also as a reward for the time, dedication and love they put into their roles. All Capstone carers are also eligible for income tax benefits, for more information, click here.
We often get asked, “who can become a foster parent?” The answer is almost anyone as there are only a few requirements. As well as a caring personality, you need to 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 a young person’s bedroom provides the much needed safe and private space that improves fostering outcomes in every case. Your age, race, gender, faith or whether you identify as LGBTQ has no impact on your ability to be a caring and loving person and so these factors don’t affect your ability to join our team either.
Once you apply, you’ll be visited by your supervising social worker, who will be on hand throughout the assessment process to provide support and answer any questions you might have. The assessment process usually lasts between four and six months and during this time you’ll be invited to join one of our fostering skills training courses – this is to make sure you have everything you need to provide great quality foster care once you become a fully registered carer.
We’re especially interested in hearing from people able to take on specialist foster placements, including parent and child, respite and sibling group foster care. We’re also interested in hearing from experienced foster carers who are looking to transfer away from their current agency.
If you’d like more information or would like to take the first step on your fostering journey, then contact us today. You can reach us by calling 0800 012 4004 or online by completing our enquiry form or sending us a message using our live chat.
Together we can make a real difference in the lives of children and young people across the nation. We hope to hear from you soon.
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