Vicki-and-Russell-SW-234x300On 15th January, we invited all carers from the South West region to join us to celebrate the New Year at the Bridge House in Longham. The event was in recognition of the hard work foster carers do in making a difference to children’s lives. The dinner was an opportunity to thank carers for supporting children to be happy and healthy whilst in foster care. Foster carers mingled together and were welcomed by the team of social workers, therapists, administrators and management. Foster carers Russell and Vicki commented on how successful the evening was:

“Russell and I attended the meal at the Bridge house. Due to having young children my husband hasn’t been able to come the past few years so it was great to be able to get a baby sitter and both go.We thoroughly enjoyed catching up with other carers who we know from social events, training courses and some who have had our foster children for respite.?It’s also nice to share a meal with our social workers who we spend so much time with throughout the year.??Each year there are new faces which is always lovely to see. The three course meal and wine was very impressive although I always eat too much! A thoroughly enjoyable evening which always brightens up January!”

Regional Director, Steve Hunt added: “It was a great opportunity for carers from all over to the region to meet and share experiences. Capstone Foster Care has a fantastic and dedicated group of foster carers looking after children in care and it was great to be able to celebrate with them and thank them for all their hard work.”

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 for some free, friendly advice.

Katherine-at-Christmas--207x300It was a cold start to a lovely day as children and staff from the Bristol office piled onto the coach destined for the City. London was, unsurprisingly, crowded with tourists and Christmas shoppers looking for that special present.

Chatting at the rear of the coach, we established the various plans for the day. A couple of die-hard shoppers were off to Oxford street, whilst others walked along the river to climb onboard the HMS Belfast. A carer and her foster daughter took off for London Zoo and amazingly squeezed in a visit to ‘Ripley’s Believe it or Not!’ discovering shrunken heads and cosmic mysteries! Many of us found a tasty bite for lunch or an early tea in one of the thousands of eateries. Some brave souls risked the ‘London Bridge Experience’ whilst others took in the sounds, sights, smells, and tastes of the Christmas and food markets, and street entertainment on the walkway of the South Bank.

Despite tales of a friend turning up late and food following the same pattern – a great time was had by one and all! The journey back was graced by a challenging quiz – courtesy of Nicky’s sourcing and Mick’s comparing skills with the winners – Michelle and her daughter Emily – gaining a box of chocolates to add to their Christmas indulgences!


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