overview-of-fosteringStaff and foster carers at Capstone Foster Care enabled 374 children across England to find homes with the fostering agency in 2014.

The need for more foster carers is set to rise this year, especially for those who have specialist skills.

Yvette Schmet, Regional Director for Capstone North explains: “Children with learning disabilities, and complex behaviours show more progress when they are supported by carers who have experience in supporting children with more challenging needs. If we could find more people with these skills, we could support even more children in 2015.”

Often children in foster care have experienced trauma and this may have an impact on the type of support they need.

Yvette added, “There is also a big need for people to foster older children, sibling groups and children from ethnic minorities. We really do need people who are thinking about fostering to come forward and support these children”.

Dean Temple, Regional Director for Capstone Midlands, added: “People with backgrounds in the care industry, nursing and the emergency services make great foster carers. Although if you’re not from one of these backgrounds that shouldn’t put you off from enquiring. Often people don’t realise they have many relevant skills to foster, until they decide to enquire.”

Capstone Foster Care offers training and 24/7 support for foster carers from it’s local offices based across England. If you are thinking of fostering but want to know if you can foster, call our team on 0800 012 4004 or email hello@capstonefostercare.co.uk for some free, friendly advice.

santa6-300x200It was a very busy Christmas time for our Capstone team in the North. There were lots of activities planned for staff, carers and children, including bowling and a trip to the pantomime to see Aladdin – oh yes we did!

Christmas isn’t complete until the children meet Santa. The Capstone group did this by meeting Santa in his grotto on the Santa Express Train, usually known as theKirklees Light Railway. Santa’s elves gathered everyone in the carriages, and as the children wrote letters for Santa, the adults were treated to mince pies! It was a great day and Yvette Schmet, Regional Director, said:

“It’s a really magical moment to witness children meet Santa, and it was nothing other than a really special day. Thank you to the carers and staff who came along to all our events at Capstone this Christmas. It’s amazing to support young people and children to have a Christmas they deserve.”

What our carers had to say

“Watching children meet Santa is fantastic and taking our two foster children on this trip was one of the most exciting things that we had planned. Thanks Capstone for supporting us to take these children to meet Santa it was a fab day for us all”.

Kerry and Mark, Leeds Foster Carers


Capstone-HouseWe know it’s important to meet your local fostering team face to face, so that any questions you have can be answered. That’s why we are getting out and about in local supermarkets in Barnsley and Doncaster. Come and meet us on the day to find out if you could foster.

Barnsley, Tesco, Wombwell, S70 3NS

  • Tuesday 14th October
  • Thursday 15th October
  • Tuesday 21st October
  • Wednesday 22nd October
  • Tuesday 28th October
  • Wednesday 29th October

Doncaster, Tesco, Woodfield Plantation

  • Friday 31st October
  • Monday 3rd November
  • Friday 7th November
  • Monday 10 November
  • Friday 14th November
  • Monday 17th November


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