Fostering friendsAt Capstone, our foster carers are like pieces of a puzzle. They come in different shapes and sizes, and all play an important part to help the children who come into care.

Foster carer friends, Brian and Shauna are a shining example of this. Brian and his husband Julian first met Shauna and her husband Stephen back in 2015 when both couples started their fostering journey with Capstone at a training session.

Their friendship has flourished over the past couple of years as they have shared their fostering journey. Brian and Shauna are passionate about being Capstone Foster Carers.

The fostering friends are always available to help at events to talk to other people who are considering fostering. Their dedication to the role is inspiring and so is the way they help and guide each other to achieve positive outcomes for the children and young people they support.


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!


Samaritans shoebox appealHere at Capstone we are always looking at ways to build brighter futures for our children and young people in the UK.

Our staff and carers are passionate about helping and caring so each year the South West team get involved with the Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas Child project, which is commonly known as the Shoebox appeal.

Our staff and carers generously pack up boxes with fun gifts to send to children overseas, and spread the Capstone love that bit further.

The child’s shoebox is the first gift many children have ever received! The treasures and personal letters inside communicate that someone cares for them and gives them an opportunity to experience of feeling special.

This year our CEO, Richard Compton-Burnett, has also kindly donated £100 to show recognition to staff and carers for their commitment in helping this worthy charity.

 


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