It’s important to know what tools you have at your disposal to take care of your foster child and give them the best opportunities in life you possibly can. This guide will explain all the support available to you as a foster carer.
Here at Capstone, it’s important that our carers know that they’re not alone, which is why we provide extensive support not just for you as a foster carer but your foster child and any birth children you might have.
When you join Capstone Foster Care as a foster parent, you’ll become part of the team providing care for your foster child, meaning you’ll never have to feel isolated in any decision you make in the care of your foster child. One of the main benefits of fostering with Capstone is the high level of personal and professional support that we provide our foster parents.
When you become a foster parent with Capstone, you’ll have access to calls and visits from a dedicated social worker as often as you need. We also provide our foster carers with access to an out-of-hours service with access to support from a social worker 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We also provide our carers with regular support groups where you and your family have the opportunity to talk to other carers and their families in your local area in a safe environment.
Training and development are one of the key ways we provide support for our foster parents. Once you have completed your mandatory training, you’ll be able to take part in further training courses arranged flexibly throughout the year. We listen to our foster carers within their support groups to provide specialist training in areas they might not feel confident tackling. Our courses are hands-on, practical and run by professionals.
All our potential foster carers need to take part in a special training course called “Skills to Foster”. This course is taught by experienced foster carers and helps foster parents to understand what they need to do to take care of a child.
We offer a unique support service which provides children and young people with access to mental health services. MATTs (Multi-disciplinary assessment treatment and therapy service) provides foster families with the tools they need to proactively support children who have experienced trauma. This support includes a bespoke plan with access to services such as;
Together with MATTs, foster parents have access to support to help create long term stable homes for children in care.
Once you’ve been approved as a registered foster carer, we recommend that you attend monthly fostering training sessions to help improve and further develop your skills. Our training covers a wide range of topics that range from online safety to learning difficulty awareness. We also provide specialist training depending on what type of foster care you provide.
As a foster carer, you’ll receive a Fostering Allowance which provides you with financial support to go towards the child’s cost of living. Part of your fostering allowance will be awarded to you as compensation for your time and the care you provide.
The government sets a national standard and minimum basic fostering allowance per child. Here at Capstone, we provide a much more competitive fostering allowance compared to the basic fostering allowance. However, the specific amount you’ll receive will depend on the type of foster care you provide, your geographic location and the age of the child.
As a standard, you’ll also benefit financially from special tax rules, plus you’ll still be able to claim benefits if you’d otherwise be entitled to them.
If you’re thinking about becoming a foster parent, you can find out more about fostering as a career or learn more about the foster care requirements needed to begin fostering today. So, get in touch with one of our helpful team members today and learn more about the benefits of fostering with Capstone.
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.