After getting married, Phoebe and Dan started to think about what was next for them. They started researching becoming foster carers, found out that they needed spare bedroom, so they moved home, applied to become foster parents and were approved as foster carers in November 2019.
I have always had an interest in Health and Social Care and have experience in working in adult care services. It was after we had moved in together, got married and began thinking about our next steps in life that I started researching into becoming a foster carer and what the requirements were.
I came across the account of the Real Life Foster Carer on Instagram, who just happened to be a foster carer for Capstone in the North. It was really reassuring to see someone who was a similar age to us, who hadn’t had their own children yet either and talking about her experience with Capstone. It was what we heard that really motivated us to foster.
After the Real Life Foster Carer mentioned Capstone in her story, I began to follow Capstone on Facebook and saw that they had a local event coming up in Moseley, so I thought I would attend to find out more information. It was just an informal drop-in event and I met with Alison, and we had an excellent, in depth chat for 2 hours!
We had already mentioned that we would need to have a bigger house and we decided not to progress to the initial visit until we had moved in to our new home. In the meantime, we wanted to speak to other Capstone carers in the Midlands who also fostered prior to having their own children.
We also used the time before the move valuably by doing more research, reading and even met with foster carers so we were aware of what was going to be expected of us. Once we were settled in our new home, we then had our first visit with Rebecca and the assessment process started soon after and we were delighted to be approved at panel in November.
We found the application process friendly and easy to understand. All questions asked of us have been appropriate and reasonable. The panel stage was daunting, but we really shouldn’t have worried as the members of our panel did make us feel as ease! It definitely felt like everyone at Capstone was supporting us and we look forward to starting our fostering journey with them.