Becoming A Foster Carer


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.

Who Can Foster?

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.

Steps to become a foster carer

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.

Types of foster care

There are a number of different types of fostering to choose from, but some of the most well-known ones are

  • Long-term fostering this is when the foster child is likely to stay with their foster family for an extended period of time.
  • Short-term fostering this is a temporary solution which means a child may need to be fostered a short while, whilst plans are put into place to reunite the child with their birth family, if possible.
  • Emergency fostering – this is usually a foster child who needs a placement short notice, and in some cases, can be for only a few nights.
  • Specialist fostering care – these fostering placements need additional specialist training as they accommodate children with complex needs.

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.

Thinking of fostering?

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.

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Ways to

Start the conversation today. Our team of friendly advisors are on hand to answer any foster care questions you may have. We can offer you honest and practical advice that can help you decide if becoming a foster carer is the right path for you. 

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Contact us by completing our online form and one of our fostering advisors will respond to your enquiry within 24 hours.

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Contact us by phone and one of our friendly fostering experts will be on hand for any foster care advice and support you require.

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Download our helpful guide to becoming a foster carer with Capstone Foster Care.