Fostering in Stafford
Have you ever thought what it would be like to become a foster carer? If you have, Capstone would like to have a chat about the carer training we offer, the fostering allowance we offer, and about our local office, which is in Stoke-on-Trent, our strong support staff, and our social work team.
By way of explaining why we need people like you, it helps to know how looked after children and young people come to us. It begins with the local authority of the Staffordshire County Council. Among their many duties is fostering and when a child comes into care, local authorities reach out to their carers.
Several years ago, the number of kids in care increased beyond the capacity of the local authorities and the solution was to institute independent fostering agencies. Capstone is one of the best of these agencies. We have had an office in the West Midlands for more than 10 years and we know the needs of the region very well. We have an active and energetic list of foster parents, including those in Stafford. Nevertheless, we still need more.
What we need from you to begin the conversation about you entering this rewarding career is “yes” answers to these two questions:
- Do you have a spare bedroom?
- Are you in good health?
Everything else is detail. If you are over 21 and can pass a health and DBS check, you are on your way. There is also the matter of your personality. Foster carers need to be patient, loving, compassionate people with good communication skills and an easy-going nature.
The application process is easier than you might anticipate because from day one, you will be guided by a supervising social worker. The social worker will visit you in your home several times to get to know you and answer your questions.
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While there are different types of placements, ranging from emergency to long-term, encompassing therapeutic and special needs care, where we have the most urgent need is homes for sibling groups. While it does not matter if you rent or own your house or flat, it does matter that you have an extra bedroom. When it comes to looking after a group of siblings, you must have a room for each youngster. Siblings of the same gender, under three, may share a bedroom so long as there is a separate bed for each one.
Another type in high demand is parent and child fostering. We provide special training for this placement. You are in the dual role of ensuring that the baby or toddler is safe and secure while teaching the mother or father how to properly care for the little one.
For more information, enquire online by filling in our enquiry form, send us a quick email or speak to our recruitment team. They can answer any questions you may have. Please do not hesitate to get in touch. Call 0800 012 4004 or by using our online enquiry form.