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.