Fostering in Torbay
We are on the search for caring and loving individuals to become foster carers and start fostering in Torbay in Devon.
As an independent fostering agency, we work closely with the local authority of Torbay Council in the South West to help place children and young people into care after they have, for whatever reason, have had to be removed from their family homes. We offer this support to local authorities on a national level; helping local councils and other public authorities across England to meet the ever-growing demand for foster carers when their own supply of foster parents are not enough. Even with our fostering teams combined, however, the number of children and young people in need of foster care still far outnumbers the national availability of foster parents. This is why we’re looking for people like you to join our team and become a foster carer.
If you’re reading this, then you likely already have the caring nature and desire to help others that are an important part of foster care, but what else is required to apply to become a foster carer? First, you need to be over the age of 21 and be in good health – this is simply so we can be sure you are physically able to care for a foster placement, there is no upper age limit for foster care and things like race, religion and sexual or gender orientation don’t impact your ability to provide quality care and so don’t stop you from applying to join our team. The other requirement is that you must have a spare room in your home. It is vital that any child or young person in your care has their own bedroom, indeed you won’t be able to foster if you can’t provide one. Having a secure and private space provides looked after young people and children with somewhere they can feel safe and relaxed; something which helps create a positive fostering experience.
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If you decide to become a Torbay foster carer and apply with Capstone, the first step will be an in-house visit from your assigned supervising social worker. They will talk you through your foster care application and help kick off the fostering assessment process, starting with your Form F Assessment. This social worker will be on-hand throughout your application and will provide support and offer advice and guidance throughout. The full assessment process will last 4 to 6 months and culminates in a meeting with an independent fostering panel. Their job is to make a final recommendation as to your suitability in providing fostering services, though the final decision remains ours. During this time, you’ll have the opportunity to attend a foster care skills training course, this will ensure that you have all the skills you need to provide quality care.
As a fully registered carer, you’ll be eligible for a weekly fostering allowance. The value of this payment will vary depending on the type of fostering placement you’re caring for, where you live and how many children or young people are in your care. We provide this payment, not only to help cover the extra costs of caring for foster placements, but also as a reward to our foster families for the dedication, love and care that they invest into their roles as foster parents.
If you’re interested in becoming a foster carer, then please contact the Capstone Foster Care office today. Where you’re just looking to learn more information or want to start your journey towards being a carer and changing a life, then our staff would love to hear from you. We can be reached by phone on 0800 012 4004 or by using our online application and enquiry form.