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!


We’re delighted to announce we have achieved Ofsted Good in a recent inspection. We’re delighted with this result that demonstrates the commitment our team contributes to build brighter futures for everyone at Capstone. Here is what Ofsted had to say:

  • Children benefit from stable placements. Sibling groups are able to remain together, which provides continuity and consistency in their lives. 
  • Children feel accepted as part of the wider family of their foster carers. ‘I do not use the term carer, I say family because that is how I feel and get treated’, were the highly positive words expressed by a young person.  
  • Children are able to maintain family ties and this helps them to maintain and feel pride in their identity.  
  • Children placed long term have developed trusting relationships with their carers.
  • The agency places the diverse needs and well-being of the children at the heart of its practice.
  • This is a strong management team to take the agency forward.  
  • Foster carers and staff have positive views about the agency.    

Regional Director, Seamus Jennings, said: “I am grateful to everyone (staff, foster carers, and young people) who made this happen. I especially want to thank my staff for their hard determined work over many months.”


 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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