Fostering in Staffordshire
Have you ever considered becoming a foster carer and fostering in Staffordshire? If so, Capstone Foster Care would love to hear from you.
As an independent fostering agency, we work with local authorities, such as Staffordshire County Council in the Midlands, to help provide children and young people with a caring foster home should they be unable to continue living in their family home. Just like the rest of England, however, the Staffordshire area has more children and young people in need of a foster home than it has foster carers to provide them. This is why we want to hear from you.
If you choose to become a foster carer, you’ll be providing a valuable and rewarding service and will be making a huge and positive impact on your local community.
So who can become a foster carer? There are only a handful of requirements that you need to meet, the first is that you are over the age of 25. You also need to be in good health and, most importantly, you need to have a spare bedroom in your house, without a spare bedroom your foster child or young person would lack the private and secure space that is vital to their development, and so it is a vital necessity.
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Once you apply to become a foster parent, you and your family will have an “initial visit” in your home by a supervising social worker. This visit is just so we can be sure that you have everything that you need to offer high-quality foster care services. Once this visit has been successfully completed, your social worker will remain available to offer help, advice and guidance throughout the application assessment process. We also provide all prospective carers with a programme of foster carer training. These carer skills training courses will provide you with all the basic skills you will require – further training courses will become available once you have become a fully registered foster carer.
At Capstone, we provide a variety of different types of fostering services. As well as standard long and short-term placements, we also offer sibling fostering placements. This is where looked after children are placed in the same foster home as their brothers and sisters – we always try to keep sibling groups together during the placement process as studies show that doing so improves the outlook for children and young people in care. Due to the space requirements, however, it can be hard to achieve this. Because of this, we are especially interested in hearing from carers interested in taking on such a placement.
We are also interested in hearing from current carers who are interested in a transfer to the Capstone team.
If you live in Stafford or the surrounding area and are interested in becoming a new foster carer – or are just interested in learning more information about our services, please give our team a call. Our professional carer staff can be reached by phone on 0800 012 4004, or by using our online enquiry form or online chat.