Fostering in Salisbury
We’re on the lookout for caring individuals who can help change the lives of children and young people by fostering in Salisbury.
As an independent fostering agency, we work closely with local authorities around England, including Wiltshire Council in the South West – the authority responsible for public childcare services in Salisbury – and provide high-quality foster parents to take on placements when the ever-growing demand for foster care cannot be met by the councils own list of available foster carers. Even with our two teams combined, however, there are still more children and young people in need of care than there are available foster families; a problem found across the country. This is why we need your help.
If you’re over the age of 21, are in good health and have a spare bedroom in your home, then you have everything you need to take your first step to becoming a foster parent – though having a good sense of humour and a caring and patient personality can be a big help too! By fostering a child or young person from your local community, you will be able to provide care in the familiar backdrop of the city of Salisbury and its many rivers. You’ll also give your placement the chance to continue their education at their current school. This consistency during an uncertain period in a looked after child’s life can greatly improve the likelihood of a successful and positive fostering placement.
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All prospective carers must go through an assessment process before becoming a fully registered foster carer and receiving their first foster placement. You won’t have to go through this process alone, however. You will be assigned a supervising social worker that will work with you throughout the process; offering support and guidance throughout. They will start by visiting you and, if applicable, your family in your home to learn more about you and to talk about the fostering application process. This process usually takes between four and six months and will culminate in a meeting with an independent fostering panel. It is the panel’s job to make the final recommendation as to your suitability for the role, but the final decision will be made by the Capstone Foster Care team.
During the assessment process, you will also be provided with the opportunity to attend a fostering skills training course. This is to ensure that you have all the skills to providing a high quality fostering care as part of a range of types of fostering service. You will have the ability to continue this professional development after becoming a fully registered carer with a range of more advanced skills courses. As a registered carer, you will also receive a weekly fostering allowance. This payment is both to help cover the cost of caring for a child or young person, but also as a reward for the time and dedication you have invested into meeting the needs of your placement.
If you want to join an established independent fostering agency and help change the lives of children and young people in need, then our team would love to hear from you. To apply, or to ask any questions you might have, you can give us a call on 0800 012 4004 or send us a message via our online enquiry form or live chat service. We look forward to hearing from you.