Fostering in Poole
Do you live in Poole? Have you ever considered the idea of looking after cared for children or young people? One more question – do you have a spare bedroom? If you can answer these three questions with “yes,” Capstone would really like to have a conversation with you.
There are other factors such as being in good health, being able to drive, being at least 21 years old, and having the time, patience and commitment required to look after a child in need of a caring home. It might be the best time to think about a career in caring for youngsters who need you.
There are several different types of fostering, ranging from emergency to temporary and short term to long term placements. In the Poole/Bournemouth area, Capstone specifically needs carers who are able to care for a sibling group, or perhaps able to look after a parent and child.
This is a type of care where your role is to safeguard the young child while helping the parent learn how to look after their little one. Your first instinct might be to bond with the infant or toddler, but you must help the development of a strong parent-child bond.
In preparation for being part of our team, you will receive comprehensive training beginning with our 2-day ‘Skills to Foster’ course as well as an introduction to ‘Therapeutic Foster Care’. There is ongoing training throughout your fostering career.
Experience is not a requirement. An open heart, a sense of humour, good health, and a great deal of patience are requirements. Your marital status and gender orientation are not factors. Single men and women, gay or straight, married couples, common law couples are all encouraged to consider joining our fostering team.
Capstone offers access and support from a supervising social worker, therapists, a social pedagogue, intervention workers, and 24/7 emergency support and management back-up. There are days out for carers and children and we encourage children to participate in activity days and also offer training to birth children.
Capstone is a well-established independent agency with offices spread around England and our local staff teams make a point of knowing personally all the carers in their area. We work hard to maintain the local, family feel of all our offices so that we can offer new foster parents the best of both worlds – the resources and expertise of a large agency as well as the personal family feel and local support that our team really values.
As an independent agency, we have a contract with local authorities to provide homes for children and young people a local authority takes into care. Across the UK, there is an overall shortage of fosterers, leaving approximately 9,000 children without a foster home.
The application process begins with us getting to know you and you getting to know us. A social worker will visit your home several times and interview you and your family. There is a health and DBS check as well as training. You will meet our staff and other carers. We provide generous fostering allowances.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster carer, contact us. Call us on 0800 012 4004 or email us using our online contact form. We will be able to answer your questions.
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