Fostering in Surrey
If you live in the Surrey area, have a spare bedroom, plenty of patience, and good health, Capstone Foster Care would like to talk to you about becoming a foster carer.
Capstone has an arrangement with the Surrey County Council in Kingston upon Thames. The council has the responsibility for providing safe and caring homes for children and young people who live in Surrey. In the UK, local authorities take children into care when their home situations are inadequate and the child is in a dangerous or unsafe situation.
The placement may be temporary and very short-term while the family is investigated. The local authority determines what is the best solution and works with the birth parents or guardians. As an independent service that finds and trains carers, Capstone is one solution.
After your initial contact with us, we will determine if the first requirement (you have a spare room) is met. After that, a supervising social worker will help you begin the application process. You will learn about the training and support that foster parents receive as well as the types of fostering our foster carers provide. This can range from respite care, which is planned in advance and allows other carers or birth families to have a respite from looking after a particular child to long-term care. Parent and child placements are also urgently needed.
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These are examples of the ranges. For the most part, placements are required for those aged 10 and older and as likely as not, they are needed for sibling groups. There is an ongoing need for carers from diverse ethnic backgrounds. As much as possible, we strive to place vulnerable children and young people in a cultural environment that echoes their cultural background.
This is also why we make all efforts to provide placements in Surrey. If the young person in care is able to stay in the same neighbourhood or close to it, they are able to maintain some stability with the friends and school with which they are familiar.
As well as advice, training and support, Capstone provides a generous allowance and benefits. If you are looking for a satisfying career where you can make a difference in a child’s life and development, consider becoming part of our team.
If you are thinking of fostering but have no experience working with children, don’t let that discourage you. Your personality and willingness to open your home and make a troubled child part of your family is more important than experience. Those who become part of our services are never alone in this endeavour. At Capstone, you are part of an extensive team. We all work together for the end goal of giving young people a chance at achieving the successful life that they deserve.
If you have questions and are interested in fostering and in learning more about what you need to do, please contact Capstone for further information about becoming a carer. Contact us on 01322 629 260 or via our online form.