Fostering in Sandwell
If you live in Sandwell, Capstone would like you to think about becoming a foster carer. Think of the good you could do for the children and young people of the area who desperately need you. In our statement of purpose, we define our goal as being able to impact positively on the quality of life for the children and families in our community. To do this, we need your help.
Capstone is an independent fostering agency. We work with the local authority and want, as much as possible, to have a team of foster parents that is able to meet the demands of the local authority. We are diligent in choosing our carers, training them, providing a supervising social worker who is always there when needed, and generous allowances.
There is a need for as great a range of carers as possible. You don’t have to be financially well off or own your home. You don’t need to own a car, but you do need access to reliable transportation.
You don’t need to be married. You can be gay, lesbian or heterosexual, single, male or female. We need ethnically diverse foster homes. The one thing you must have in common is space. You need to have room for each child to have his or her own bedroom. Because we often need placements for sibling groups, if you have more than one spare bedroom, we would really like to talk to you.
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There are other requirements but you might be surprised that they are not what you expected. You do not need to have had your own children or any experience with youngsters at all. We provide training and your ability to have the qualities that are necessary for looking after young people in care are assessed. Your patience, ability to communicate well, your sense of humour, and your compassion are what we look for.
Empty nesters and retired people are great candidates for becoming foster parents. They have the time a child or teenager needs. Another primary factor is your health. Good health is essential. Being a carer is a full time occupation. There will be meetings, training sessions, and communication with teachers and medical professionals.
Our foster carers are crucial to the success not just of Capstone, but of the community. By being a carer in Sandwell, you open the door to a brighter future for a young person who is able to stay in the same school, community, and peer group even if they have had to leave their family home. If there are any problems with the new member of your household living with you, our professional social workers are only a phone call away.
There is no financial stress for you in fostering. The allowance covers all the child’s needs and requirements and provides you some reward. The training and support we offer allows you to develop your own area of fostering expertise.
Recruitment Co-ordinator Alison Williams is the first person to speak to if you are thinking of making an enquiry. She will have a telephone conversation with you to see if this career is right for you, your family, and your home. Give Alison a call on 0800 012 4004, or simply compete our online form.