Have you thought about fostering and wondered how to become a foster carer? Do you have a lot of questions about what is involved? If you know people who are already fostering, then you have a head start.
If the idea is new to you, there are some facts about being a foster family that is worthwhile mentioning. To begin with, despite common beliefs, fostering can be a full-time career. There are government established fostering allowances calculated on a weekly basis for fostering all children from birth until they turn 18.
You don’t have to be a married couple. You don’t have to be straight. You don’t have to own your home. You don’t have to be young. At Capstone Foster Care, the minimum age limit for foster carers is 21.
If you’re interested in learning more about fostering, the first thing to do is call Capstone Foster Care for a preliminary chat with one of our fostering advisors. It only takes a few questions to know if this is the right career for you. Once you express interest in fostering, our staff will visit your home. This gives you an opportunity to ask more questions and us the chance to see if you have the space necessary.
The next step is for you to fill out an application form and a social worker begins the assessment process. The social worker will visit your home several times and get to know you and your household and learn about your experience with children.
There are several checks that are conducted. These include Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Social Services and medical checks. As well there will be a home risk assessment. A fostering advisor will keep you informed of the progress of your application during this time. You will attend fostering training sessions where you meet other people undergoing the same process, learn about fostering, and have all your questions answered. The final assessment is given to an independent panel which will meet with you. The panel provides Capstone Foster Care with its recommendation and our decision maker will make the final decision using the panel’s recommendation as a guide. It can take four to six months for your application to be reviewed.
There are a number of different types of fostering to choose from, but some of the most well-known ones are
If you would like to register your interest, or simply talk to someone further, do not hesitate to contact us today. A member of our friendly team can help you make the decision about whether fostering is the right choice for you and your family.
If you’ve got any questions or would like to find out more about fostering with Capstone, fill out the form below.
An experienced fostering advisor from your local area will then be in touch.