Fostering in Stoke-on-Trent
Capstone Foster Care want you to start fostering in Stoke-on-Trent.
As an independent fostering agency, we work with local authorities in many different areas around the country, including Stoke-on-Trent City Council in the West Midlands. This means that when the council needs to, for whatever reason, remove a child or young person from their families and place them into foster care, they ask us to provide them with a carer and a new home. The demand for carers across Staffordshire, however, is far higher than the current availability of high-quality foster parents – that’s where you come in.
By becoming a foster parent in your local area and joining the Capstone Foster Care team, you can help children and young people in your community grow and develop. You can make a real difference.
So who can become a foster carer? In reality, there’s very little that could prevent you from providing fostering services to children and young people in your local area. You do need to be over the age of 21, however. It’s also essential that you are in good health and have at least one spare room in your home. Things like gender, race, whether you’re LGBT or not are not important – though they may change the sort of placements you receive as we do our best to match children with parents that best meet their needs.
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Once you apply, you’ll undergo an assessment process which will include a social worker visiting you, and your family if applicable, in your house to make sure you have everything you need to be a foster carer. Your social worker will be on hand throughout the process to help you become a registered Capstone foster parent.
At Capstone we believe that our best asset is our professional and dedicated caring team and that being a foster parent is a full-time career. This is why we treat all of our carers as such and provide extensive support to aid them in their important work. We offer carer training courses with experienced carers and teachers to all Capstone carers, which helps our staff provide the best caring service that they possibly can.
As a Capstone carer, we will also provide you with a competitive weekly allowance. This payment is both to cover the everyday costs of caring for a fostering placement, but also as a reward for your dedicated work in your role as a carer. Our support team will also be on hand 24 hours a day and 365 days a year (yes, even Christmas), to answer questions and offer advice should you need it.
As well as recruiting new carers to the Capstone ranks, we’re also interested in hearing from experienced carers looking to transfer to Capstone.
For more information about becoming a foster carer in Stoke-on-Trent, the types of fostering services we offer and how you can help, contact the Capstone Midlands office today. We can be contacted by phone on 0800 012 4004 or by using our online contact form. We hope to hear from you soon.