Somerset families called on to support local children

Families in Taunton are being urged to consider becoming foster carers after it is revealed that more than 124 children were referred to Capstone for fostering in the Taunton area in past 6 months.

Capstone Foster Care will be holding 2 fostering information events at Costa Coffee, 25 Fore Street, Taunton on Wednesday 26th April between 7-9pm and The Corner House Hotel, Park Street on Saturday 29th April between 9am – 12 noon. The events will allow Taunton residents to find out more about fostering.

114 individual Children and Young People were referred to Capstone for fostering in the Taunton area in the past 6 months, within this figure were 38 Children/Young people who had specific needs, 6 sibling groups and 10 parent and child referrals and 58 where we have no vacancies currently available in this area were all seeking foster care. Capstone Foster Care are inviting families that have a spare room, the time and patience to become foster carers to stop by on Wednesday 26th or Saturday 29th April to find out more information.

Somerset residents Brian & Julian became approved foster carers in 2014. Brian commented:

“It is a little crazy to think how fast this past two or three years have flown by, but in all honesty – making that decision to foster was the best decision we could have ever made!! …..It completely changed our lives and continues to do so on a daily basis!! …..don’t get me wrong, it certainly can be stressful and completely exhausting, but when all is said and done, we wouldn’t have changed it for the world!!!!!!” 

Elaine Leitch, Regional Director at Capstone Foster Care, commented:

“Capstone Foster Care has been based and working across the whole of the South West for the past ten years and has a solid history of making sustainable foster placements where young people make excellent progress. We have worked with Somerset Council to provide a variety of placements for young people who they have not been able to find suitable families from within their own resources. We are also in the process of renewing our Tenders with the majority of Local Authorities in the South West, and to enable us to meet the demand for placements will be seeking to recruit and approve more foster carers. We look forward to meeting residents from Taunton and surrounding areas, who may be interested in the rewarding job of fostering a young person.”

About Capstone Foster Care

Founded in 2007, Capstone Foster Care now has more than 140 staff supporting more than 600 carers nationwide. Locally, Capstone has a team at Bristol, which covers the whole of Bristol & Gloucestershire.

We are passionate about the children in our care and believe that all children deserve to live in a safe, stable and secure family environment. This environment allows children to have a sense of security, which enables them to improve their emotional wellbeing.

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