Families in Exeter are being urged to consider becoming foster carers after it is revealed that more than 224 children were referred to Capstone for fostering in the Devon County area in past 6 months.

Capstone Foster Care will be holding a fostering information event during Foster Care Fortnight at XCentre, Commercial Road, Exeter, EX2 4AD on Thursday 18th May 2017, 6-9pm. The events will allow local residents to find out more about fostering.

224 Children and Young People were referred to Capstone for fostering in the Devon area in the past 6 months, within this figure were 63 Children/Young people who had specific needs, 41 sibling groups and 19 parent and child referrals and 61 where we have no vacancies currently available in this area were all seeking foster care. Capstone Foster Care are inviting families that have a spare room, the time and patience to become foster carers to stop by on Thursday 18th May to find out more information.

Devon residents Kerry & Nathan became approved foster carers in 2014. Kerry commented:

 “We feel very proud and privileged to be foster carers for Capstone. We know that we are valued and cared for and this is hugely important when looking after a young person in care. Capstone is like one big extended family for us, we know if times get tough, we will get the support we need and when times are good, together we celebrate our successes. We also get to attend lots of therapeutic training which is not only interesting but helpful in our day to day lives. For us, it is all of the above that helps us to be the best foster carers we can be and this in turn helps us to make a big difference in the lives of children and young people.” 

Elaine Leitch, Regional Director at Capstone Foster Care, commented:

“Capstone Foster Care has been based and working across the whole of the South West for the past ten years and has a solid history of making sustainable foster placements where young people make excellent progress. We have worked with Devon County Council to provide a variety of placements for young people who they have not been able to find suitable families from within their own resources. We are also in the process of renewing our Tenders with the majority of Local Authorities in the South West, and to enable us to meet the demand for placements will be seeking to recruit and approve more foster carers. We look forward to meeting residents from Exeter and surrounding areas, who may be interested in the rewarding job of fostering a young person.”

About Capstone Foster Care 

Founded in 2007, Capstone Foster Care now has more than 140 staff supporting more than 600 carers nationwide. Locally, Capstone has a team at Bristol, which covers the whole of Bristol & Gloucestershire.


Families in Taunton are being urged to consider becoming foster carers after it is revealed that more than 124 children were referred to Capstone for fostering in the Taunton area in past 6 months.

Capstone Foster Care will be holding 2 fostering information events at Costa Coffee, 25 Fore Street, Taunton on Wednesday 26th April between 7-9pm and The Corner House Hotel, Park Street on Saturday 29th April between 9am – 12 noon. The events will allow Taunton residents to find out more about fostering.

114 individual Children and Young People were referred to Capstone for fostering in the Taunton area in the past 6 months, within this figure were 38 Children/Young people who had specific needs, 6 sibling groups and 10 parent and child referrals and 58 where we have no vacancies currently available in this area were all seeking foster care. Capstone Foster Care are inviting families that have a spare room, the time and patience to become foster carers to stop by on Wednesday 26th or Saturday 29th April to find out more information.

Somerset residents Brian & Julian became approved foster carers in 2014. Brian commented:

“It is a little crazy to think how fast this past two or three years have flown by, but in all honesty – making that decision to foster was the best decision we could have ever made!! …..It completely changed our lives and continues to do so on a daily basis!! …..don’t get me wrong, it certainly can be stressful and completely exhausting, but when all is said and done, we wouldn’t have changed it for the world!!!!!!” 

Elaine Leitch, Regional Director at Capstone Foster Care, commented:

“Capstone Foster Care has been based and working across the whole of the South West for the past ten years and has a solid history of making sustainable foster placements where young people make excellent progress. We have worked with Somerset Council to provide a variety of placements for young people who they have not been able to find suitable families from within their own resources. We are also in the process of renewing our Tenders with the majority of Local Authorities in the South West, and to enable us to meet the demand for placements will be seeking to recruit and approve more foster carers. We look forward to meeting residents from Taunton and surrounding areas, who may be interested in the rewarding job of fostering a young person.”

About Capstone Foster Care

Founded in 2007, Capstone Foster Care now has more than 140 staff supporting more than 600 carers nationwide. Locally, Capstone has a team at Bristol, which covers the whole of Bristol & Gloucestershire.

We are passionate about the children in our care and believe that all children deserve to live in a safe, stable and secure family environment. This environment allows children to have a sense of security, which enables them to improve their emotional wellbeing.


WP_20170405_12_49_32_ProStaff, carers and young people from Capstone teams in Devon and Cornwall recently visited Crealy Adventure Park just outside Exeter. It was a beautiful sunny day and after a very brief moment of shyness the group of young people were soon charging together from ride to ride and fearlessly enjoying the rides and slides within the park. Staff and carers made the most of sunshine and got some well-earned down time to chat together. One carer said it was lovely to see the young people spending time together and making the most of their day out in each other’s company.

 

Everyone had a fantastic time and it was heart-warming to see one of young people we support, who is usually more reserved, going on rides and mingling with new people she hadn’t met before. This was a real achievement WP_20170405_12_43_09_Proand was much to our surprise and delight!

 

Elaine Leitch, Regional Director said: “We organise days out for fostering families and children throughout the year as it’s important to support carers to have a sense of community with one another. The day out to Crealy Adventure Park was a great success –  the sun was shining and everyone had a great day. We look forward to seeing carers and their families at upcoming events across the region. Our next event in this area is the trip to Exmoor Zoo in the summer!”


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