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Fostering fortnight - join Capstone Foster Care and we'll answer your questionsCapstone Foster Care will be taking part in the Fostering Network’s annual national awareness and recruitment campaign, Foster Care Fortnight 2017. The campaign will take place from Monday 8 May to Sunday 21 May. The goal of these national awareness days is raising the profile of fostering in the UK.

All too often, fostering stories that make headlines are the few negative tales of something that went wrong. With 70,000 children and young people in care at any given moment and with 9,000 of those children and young people needing foster homes immediately – today – it is essential that the people of the UK are able to see a more accurate and positive picture of foster care where there is a social network that steps in to help vulnerable children live safe and happy lives.

It is an opportunity to find out about the need for, the activities of, and the services available to foster carers in your area. One of the things you will learn is that there is a huge need for carers for older children, sibling groups, disabled children, and unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

While there are babies in foster care, the percentage is quite low and often babies in foster care are there as part of a parent and child foster arrangement. The baby (or young child or children) and the parent (or both parents) enter into a foster home where the young child is protected while the parent is given the support and training needed to bring their childcare abilities up to an acceptable standard.

Capstone Foster Care, along with other agencies, will be in the South East, Midlands, South West, and the North during these two weeks in May. Media outlets will provide details on the national campaign.

This is an ideal time to gather information about becoming a carer or just to learn more about how the system works. During the special fortnight-long campaign, you can learn how fostering and your local authority work together as well as what a fostering agency is and how independent agencies work with local authorities. There is a great deal of information available on the financial, educational, and legal support available.

Typically, people are curious about the requirements for being a foster carer. They are often surprised to discover that you can foster as a single person. When it comes to fostering, your marital status does not matter. You can be gay or straight, single, common-law, or married. Age is not a factor, maturity is. You need to be in good health.

Reserve the date and learn about skills you need. We need families that can bring love into the lives of children in care.

Capstone is one of the UK’s independent fostering agencies. We have hundreds of carers throughout England and we always need more foster carers. If you are interested in fostering, check us out during Foster Care Fortnight 2017 -you will be impressed by the fostering services we provide and our support network. Look for our presentations in your area and in local media. Talk to us if you are interested in knowing more about fostering.

Contact Capstone Foster Care for more information on 0800 012 4004, or simply click here to find out more.

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