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 hello@capstonefostercare.co.uk for some free, friendly advice.

At Capstone Foster Care we value the dedication and commitment of foster carers, that’s why we hosted an awards ceremony to celebrate the work of foster carers across London and the South East. The event was held in the prestigious Tower Hotel, next to Tower Bridge in London. Carers, social workers and staff arrived in their finery and were welcomed with smiles and champagne before sitting down to a three-course-meal.


The prestigious ceremony was led by, Richard Compton-Burnett, CEO of Capstone Foster Care, and Marcella Denis, Regional Director for the South East. They handed out stunning awards to foster carers who have dedicated 10 years to fostering. The glowing testimonials about the nominees unwavering commitment and care made it a night of tears, laughter and celebration.


Richard Compton-Burnett shared; “This event was an excellent opportunity for foster carers to meet and share their stories of success. At Capstone Foster Care, we are proud of our foster carers, and we are delighted to host events and awards to say thank you to foster carers, for their continued dedication and hard work.”


Foster Carers, Rehina Khaliq and Bechir Boughanmi receive their award from CEO Richard Compton-Burnett

kate-middleton-300x210The Duchess of Cambridge met foster carers, children and social workers in Islington, to find out more about the work that foster carers do.

Fostering sits well with the Duchess’ own interests, Kate is a regular attendee of events that concern the wellbeing of children and she is also expecting her second child.

On her visit, the Duchess was introduced to a group of foster carers as well as young people who have recently left care. She then joined foster carers for tea and cupcakes and listened to their stories about fostering.

At the end of her visit, Kate was handed a ‘memory box’ from 20-year-old Zoe Witherington, who was fostered from age 10 to 18.

“It was lovely talking to the Duchess, she seemed really interested in fostering,” Zoe said.

The Duchess seemed delighted by the event. ‘I’ve heard a huge amount about fostering, It’s really great for me to have an opportunity to speak to you.’

The event was organized by charity The Fostering Network, who host regular events and campaigns to promote fostering in the UK.




(Photos courtesy of AP / The Fostering Network).

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