Fostering in Solihull
Have you been thinking of fostering in Solihull? If the answer is “yes” then our Midlands team wants to hear from you.
As an independent foster care agency, we work with local authorities such as Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, to help provide foster care to children and young people that, for whatever reason, have had to leave their family home. As is the case across England however, the number of children and young people who desperately need a new foster home is far greater than the number of foster carers currently available. That’s why we want you to get in touch with the Capstone Foster Care Birmingham office and become a foster carer.
Almost anyone can become a foster carer, although there are a few things you need to enable you to provide the best fostering service possible. You need to be in good health, be over the age of 25 and – most importantly – have a spare bedroom in your house. Having a caring and loving personality and a good sense of humour are huge bonuses too!
Once you start the application process, you and your family will be visited in your home by a supervising social worker. This is so we can ensure that you have everything you need to deliver quality foster care. Your supervising social worker will be with you all the way through your process – offering advice and support at every stage. As a new foster care applicant, you’ll also receive specialist foster carer training to aid you in getting through the assessment process and to help you provide a top quality care services once you have a fostering placement.
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All of our registered carers are provided with further ongoing training in addition to a generous weekly care allowance to cover the costs of being a carer – and as a reward for your dedication to helping change the lives of a child or young person.
As a carer with Capstone, you will find that we provide a wide range of fostering services and placement types. These could be short-term placements that last until the child or young person is put up for adoption or returns to their birth parents, or longer-term placements that can last until they grow into an adult. We also offer sibling group and parent and child fostering services. The latter is when a child is put into care along with their young parent – this acts as both an assessment for the new parent’s ability to care for their child, as well as safeguarding the child themselves, and ensuring they are cared for. We are especially keen to hear from people interested in working with these more specialist kinds of placements.
If you’re looking to start your journey to becoming a foster parent in the Solihull area, or just interesting in learning more about fostering, please contact your local Capstone Foster Care office today. We can be reached by telephone on 0800 012 4004 or by filling out our online carer enquiry form. We look forward to hearing from you.