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!


On Friday 10th November, Capstone North were pleased to host a small celebration for the carers who had been with the agency for ten years or more!

This was a lovely opportunity to thank all the carers for their commitment to the agency but,  more importantly, to the young people they have supported during that time.

All the carers received a card and some flowers to say ‘Thank you’ and we all chatted about ‘old times’ and how they had enjoyed all the years they have spent as carers.

Here’s  what our foster carers had to say:

“We joined when it was a small premier agency and still feel we’re part of a close knit family and still get the great support from everyone. Fostering to us is challenging, fun and we have great support from Capstone Foster Care”. Capstone Carers (Anon)

“Loved the chance to meet up with the other long standing carers, who we don’t always get chance to meet It was nice to be recognised for the long service and commitment we have made to Capstone I enjoy fostering with Capstone because ALL staff are warm, friendly and supportive. The training is relevant and  well-presented and we feel part of “ the family” that is Capstone”. Jacqui, Capstone Carer.

“I enjoyed it very much, it was nice seeing people I hadn’t seen for a long time. It was also very nice to know that we are all valued and appreciated. I enjoy working for Capstone, knowing I’m offering a secure and caring home to children with a difficult past to move forward.” Phyllis, Capstone Carer.

The afternoon was a great opportunity for everyone to reminisce and talk about their successes, sadness – about children who had left them – and joy – for the children they were currently supporting and all their achievements.

Additionally, the agency was also able to acknowledge the services of Jo Kelly and Carole Bell (Senior Supervising Social Workers) who have been with the agency for a combined total of 25 years!

Thanks to everyone who attended for making it a great day of catching up with old friends and colleagues, as well as reflecting on what has been achieved.


 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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