Fostering in Waterlooville
We’re looking for caring and dedicated individuals in the Borough of Havant to start fostering in Waterlooville.
As an independent fostering agency, we work with local authorities and councils to help provide high-quality foster families when the availability of local authority foster parents doesn’t meet the number of children and young people in the area that are in need of foster care. Even with both lists of carers combined, however, there are still not enough foster carers to meet the ever-growing demand.
Located just 8 miles from Portsmouth, the town of Waterlooville in the South East of England is one of the places we work and help change the lives of children and young people and help them develop in a positive way. We want you to join our team and help us make a real difference in the Hampshire County area.
So how can you become a foster carer? There are only a few things you need to kick off the fostering application process. Firstly, you need to be in good health and be over the age of 21 – these are just to make sure that you’re physically able to provide fostering services. More importantly, however, is that you need to have a spare bedroom in your house. This is vital as a private and secure space gives looked after children and young people a safe zone where they can relax and feel comfortable. A good sense of humour and a loving and caring personality goes a long way too! If you have all of these things then we urge you to apply with Capstone Foster Care.
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So, once you have applied, what’s come next? Your first meeting will be with your assigned supervising social worker who will visit you, and your family if applicable, in your home. They will introduce you to the assessment process and walk you through the Form F Assessment. Throughout the process, your social worker will be available to support and guide you. They will also offer advice and help you plan for the final fostering panel meeting – the final part of the assessment process.
During this period you will also be placed on a fostering skills training course. This course will help you learn all the ins-and-outs of foster care and provide you with the skills needed for your new role as a foster parent and help you prepare for your first fostering placement.
Once you complete the assessment process and become a fully registered carer, you’ll be eligible for a weekly fostering allowance. The value of this allowance will vary on a number of factors, including the type of placement and the cost of living in your local area. We provide this payment both to help cover the cost of being a foster parent and as a reward for the time and dedication, you have invested into your new job of being a carer and changing lives in your local community.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the rewarding experience that is being a foster parent or would like to apply, then please contact the Capstone Foster Care office today. We can’t wait to hear from you! We can be reached by phone on 0800 012 4004 and online by using our enquiry form or live chat service.