When P was placed with Capstone foster carers she had been in a difficult situation for over 2 years. P was struggling to feel happy and had fallen behind at school.
P was very isolated, and had disengaged from education. She didn’t have a routine and spent lots of time alone. It was difficult for P to speak to anyone involved in her care and she wasn’t able to reflect positively on the future.
P gradually started to engage with the carers who remained child focused and positive. The foster carers worked alongside professionals to support the young person to avoid any negative behaviour.
In time, the carers were able to build a positive and trusting relationship with P, who formed a routine and developed the confidence to re-engage with education and her peers.
P is a bright girl, and was able to catch up on over 2 years of school work and made significant progress with the additional support of regular tuition. By September 2015 P was in mainstream school working alongside her peers, with whom she had made a core friendship group.
These days, P is excelling academically, and has aspirations of university so she can become a Vet or Marine Biologist. P takes pride in her appearance and is looking forward to sharing her 3rd birthday celebration with her foster carers. P has built up a genuine relationship with her foster family, and when she was on a recent family holiday with her birth mum, she picked up a souvenir for her foster mum which said: “Thank you for not giving up on me!”
Feedback from LA social worker to foster carer L:
“P has come so far and we are all incredibly proud of her! She is a perfect example of how you can overcome even the most difficult of circumstances. I wanted to say thank you to you and D for all the hard work and commitment you put in with P. I know how special P is to you but you are excellent carers and I’m so glad she has your support.”