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Fostering in Hereford

Fostering in Hereford with Capstone Foster CareCapstone has had a local office in Kings Norton for several years with an active and dedicated team of registered foster carers. Because there is always a shortage of carers in England in general and in Hereford in particular, we have an ongoing and active recruitment effort. We have a contract with the Herefordshire Council’s local authority. The LA takes children into care and works with their own carers and with independent fostering agencies, such as Capstone is, to find placements.

Our social work team arranges support sessions and supervisions with carers at their homes. There is always a social worker available to offer advice, guidance, support, and resources and one of them is on call 24/7. They work on a rota so there is someone there when you need them.

We are looking for families in Hereford with a spare bedroom who can provide support and a positive family experience for children and young people of all ages, although most children we are asked to place are between the ages of 5 and 18. When we have a referral for babies, it is usually in the form of a parent and child placement. While this usually involves a young mother and baby who need support, it could also be a father and baby or both parents and their child.

Having a spare bedroom is a prerequisite. We are often asked to place sibling groups of all ages, and each child is expected to have his or her own bedroom. Therefore, if you have more than one spare bedroom, we would like to talk to you about joining our team.

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If you are interested, the first person to speak with is our recruitment co-ordinator. In a telephone conversation, you will discuss whether this career is right for you, your family, and your home. If you want a bit of information on who a typical foster parent is, we can’t tell you because there is no such person as a typical carer. He can be a single male, a married couple, gay or lesbian, in her twenties or well into retirement. We can tell you that the typical carer is in good health, patient, compassionate, fun-loving, and caring.

Being a carer is rewarding as you help a child grow into a brighter future. You are well compensated with the fostering allowance and fees that not only cover all the child’s expenses but rewards you for your skills and efforts. Foster parenting is a team effort. You work with a supervising social worker, network with other carers in your neighbourhood, and join Capstone in the family activities where you, your birth children, and your foster children get together for a day of fun.

You can enquire online by submitting an enquiry form, or by sending an email. Otherwise, Alison is the initial point of contact for those interested in joining Capstone as a foster carer. Contact her on 0800 012 4004. After an initial phone conversation, we’ll be happy to come out and visit your home to discuss fostering further.

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