Fostering in Cannock
Do you live in Cannock? Do you have a spare bedroom or two? Have you ever thought about fostering?
If you have answered “yes” to these three questions, Capstone would really like to talk with you. If you answered “yes” only to the first two questions, take a moment and think about the third question. It might be time to consider this rewarding career.
Cannock, like the rest of England, has a need for more foster carers. There is an overall increase in the number of children that the local authorities take into care. When the local authorities became overwhelmed with the demand for foster homes, around the turn of the century, independent fostering agencies began to appear and the rules and regulations regarding foster care changed to incorporate the independent agencies into the framework.
We are one of the top independent agencies in Cannock and we have contracted with the local authority to provide trained carers. One of the highest demands we have is for placements for sibling groups. A large number of the children and young people in care are with their brothers and sisters. When possible, we attempt to place them in the same foster home. Studies have shown that when siblings are kept together, they are more apt to thrive.
Parent and child foster care is a specialised placement. It can last up to 12 weeks, while you assist and assess the parent’s ability to care for the child on his or her own. These are but two of the types of placements you can expect when you join our team.
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When it comes to expectations, you may be surprised at how easy the application process is. All too often, people expect that they have to be a married couple who own their own home and have extensive experience in childcare. What we are looking for on our team are people who are as individual as the child or young person who will be moving into the household with them.
We need and want single male and female carers too and if you rent your home, that is fine. We provide you with extensive skill-building training and support. As a carer, you are not alone. You are part of a team and you will meet other carers and build a strong network.
The application process includes several home visits from your social worker, a health check and a DBS check. It can take a few months to complete this process, normally between four and six months. During this time, you will learn all about how Capstone works and what we have to offer, including the fostering allowances provided and the tax benefits you receive.
You can enquire online by filling in our enquiry form, send us a quick email or speak to our Midlands recruitment team. Their advice is free, and they can answer specific questions about fostering. If this sounds interesting, then please do not hesitate to get in touch on 0800 012 4004 or using our online enquiry form.