S was placed with Capstone carers when she was almost 16 years old.  S told the carers that she did not want to remain in care after she reached 16 so the carers understood they may only have few months to offer S a safe, caring and nurturing environment.

However, on her 16th Birthday, S confirmed that she wanted to remain with the carers and, at this point, the carers were delighted that they could continue with their support of S.

Since then, S has done extremely well, having gained her GCSE’s, followed by two distinctions and a merit in her BTEC as she gained her qualification in IT, a subject she excelled in at school.  S’s carers have been intrinsic to her development and progress, having assisted her with her education and also enabling her to learn to drive and gain an apprenticeship with the local Police force.  S is due to take her driving test soon and she will have her own car to drive to and from work.

S has progressed so well, at her own pace, as she has not been overburdened by the issues of having to move out of placement. She is welcome in the family home and plays a large part within the family and is being supported fully by the carers now she is on a Staying Put arrangement.  Well done S!


The Ofsted achievements continue at Capstone, with the Midlands being our latest region to achieve Good in an Ofsted inspection. We are delighted with this achievement, and here is what Ofsted have to say about us:

  • Children live with committed foster carers. As a result, children benefit from stable placements
  • Committed staff support foster carers very well. Consequently, carers feel valued.
  • Children make positive progress in their education, and their health improves
  • Staff and foster carers receive ongoing training in safeguarding and protecting children.
  • Foster carers are well supported in caring for the children placed with them… One foster carer explained that this support has given them the ability ‘to think outside the box, which has been really helpful’.
  • Children enjoy a wide range of activities. A child said, ‘I go out to lots of exciting places. We’re a real family.’
  • Foster carers feel well supported. Managers and staff value all family members and consider their views. A foster carer said, ‘They really care about the well-being of the foster family.’

Regional Director, Sara Chambers Ross, said:

“I am really proud of our Ofsted achievement and the feedback we have received. The team at Capstone Midlands work hard every day to support foster carers to build brighter futures for the young people in our care. I want to thank all members of the Capstone Midlands family for your contribution and efforts in achieving this fantastic result.”


 We are delighted to tell you we have arranged a Costco membership for all foster carers and staff within the Capstone Foster Care Group.  This will give you significant benefits as a ‘Trade’ member.

Costco has 24 stores throughout England, 3 stores in Scotland and 1 in Wales.  All are open 7 days per week and sell almost everything you might wish to buy at significantly lower prices than offered in normal retail shops.  They regularly issue SAVINGS offer booklets at different periods throughout the year.  A further bonus… bigger savings!

Checkout www.costco.co.uk and be surprised by the range of what you can buy there.  You may be able to save several hundred pounds each year from your visits to Costco.

Here are foster carer friends Julian and Shauna making the most of their membership!



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