Fostering in Bridgwater
Have you thought about becoming a foster parent in the Somerset area? If so, then we urge you to consider fostering in Bridgwater and help children and young people in need.
Capstone Foster Care is an independent fostering agency. That means we work with local authorities across England and support them in the placement of children and young people with foster families. One of the local authorities we work with is Somerset County Council – the authority that is responsible for child care services in Bridgwater. There is an ever growing need for foster carers in this area, and that is why we need people like you to start fostering in Somerset and Bridgwater.
By fostering children from your own community, you’ll allow them to keep in touch with existing friends and continue their education at their current school. This consistency can help create stability in an otherwise rocky period in their lives and is highly conducive to a positive fostering experience for the looked-after individual.
If you’re reading this, then you probably already have some of the traits that are important for foster parents – a caring personality and a desire to help children and young people in your local area develop and flourish after, for whatever reason, they’ve had to leave their family homes behind. There are a few more things that you’ll need before you can apply to be a foster carer, however. First, you’ll need to be over the age of 21 and be in good health – this is just so we know that you’re physically able to provide a quality care service. More importantly, however, is you need to have a spare room in your house that is suitable as a bedroom for your foster placement. A private and secure space is an essential part of a child or young person’s development and gives them somewhere they can feel safe and relax. Your gender, race, faith nor whether you’re LGBTQ have any impact on your ability to care for a child or young person and so they do not impact your ability to join the Capstone fostering team.
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Once you’ve applied, you’ll be visited in your home by your assigned supervising social worker. They’ll start the assessment process with an informal chat so that they can learn more about you and your experiences. This will allow them to offer advice and support throughout the assessment process which will culminate in a meeting with an independent fostering panel who will give us the final recommendation as to your suitability as a carer. During this process, you’ll be invited to attend a fostering skills training course to make sure you know everything you need to take on your first placement.
As a fully registered foster carer, you’ll be eligible for a weekly allowance. The value of this weekly payment depends on a multitude of factors, including what type of foster care you are currently providing, where you are based and the age of the child or young person in your care. This money is provided, not only to help cover the cost of caring for your new family member but also as a reward for the love, time and dedication you have put into your new role as a foster parent and in meeting the needs of your placement.
If you’re interested in applying or just want more information about the fostering process, then please contact us today. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are on hand to answer any questions you might have and help you get started on your foster care journey. We can be reached by phone on 0800 012 4004 or by completing our online form.