Capstone Foster Care Blog

Whilst trying to find an envelope I was searching through an old box in our stationary/junk/peculiar kitchen utensil cupboard and I pulled out an old and dusty exercise book. I recognised it immediately, it was my 2nd year humanities book from secondary school (or year 8 as it is known now!).

I flicked through it and had memories of some of the work in it. I remembered the face of the teacher and their tone when they spoke. I remembered how I felt about the subject and how I reacted when I saw the dreaded red pen that scrawled itself across my work. I looked at my handwriting and my cuttings from magazines. It was a journal of a portion of my life.

I hasten to add this book was made a long time ago. I guess I only remembered about 10 percent of the items in it, the rest was presumably without any inherent importance to me. As I scanned my eyes over the contents it occurred to me that actually I can probably only recall about the same percentage of my whole life if you asked me to. The rest is made up of the rainy Tuesday afternoons, the slog of homework, the 9-5, the general trudge of life and yet ALL of this goes to make up who we are.

My humanities book reminded me that there were peaks in my subject that intrigued and inspired but the rest was graft and keeping going. That is what life is all about. It got me to thinking about how I am with the kids. What are the overall themes and arcs of narrative I have with them? I already know they pull out events that I would never had guessed are important as being pinnacles for them. What about the non-memorable bits though? What is the feeling and projected message in the everyday?

Mr Palot, inspired me as a humanities teacher and I can remember far more about the way he was than all that he taught. I am so guilty of making sure things get done with the kids rather than being conscious and fully present inside every moment with them. If I had one wish it wouldn’t be that they remember everything that I said but that when they reflect, their whole being knows that they were admired, inspired, championed and loved. That is the formation I want to be involved in – maybe Mr Palot knew and wanted that too.

James


Hi my name is Adeola, I’ve been a foster carer for Capstone for one year now, and I’ve had two placements so far.  

The foster carer support group held on 23 January 2017 to mark the opening of Capstone South adeolaEast office at Eastcote was a great success.

What can I say, it was a good turnout, maybe because it was a combination of welcoming us all to the new Capstone office.  The number and combination of attendees was great, different carers with vast experiences sharing their views and bouncing ideas off each other, on how to cope with challenges poised, not only with the looked after children but also with the authority and other professionals.  

As part of the professional support group, Capstone had a Police Officer present to run through a short training programme on rules, guidelines and safe guarding techniques and a thought provoking video narration from a young Adult.

Overall, a very informative, useful session I would encourage all foster carers to always try to attend.   The set up was good, food was great and Capstone staff members adding a personal touch in welcoming each carer.

 

Adeola

Capstone Foster carer


Having missed a lot of school in earlier years ‘C’ worked hard within secondary education and aims to develop a brighter future. ‘C’ recently applied to college and was accepted to complete a Certificate in Early Years Play, Learning and Development.

After discussion with the college it was decided ‘C’ could either undertake a level 2 or go straight onto level 3. Requirements are 5 GCSE grade C’s or above, which ‘C’ is currently striving towards.

“As foster cares, we have seen huge progress made by ‘C’ since she arrived with us 20 months ago, ‘C’ is a hardworking, conscientious young woman. ‘C’ may achieve or she may not achieve that fact that she is trying that’s what we are celebrating. A far cry from the girl who lacked confidence and skills to apply herself to revise and aim towards her career goal of being a Nursery Nurse. She has 100% attendance at school and always works hard in class. I’m hugely proud of her for tackling her fears and aiming high. She deserves to do well for overcoming the difficulties that life has thrown at her”

Rachel

Capstone Foster Carer

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