Randles-300x261Our Birmingham fostering team and foster carers got together with their local MP to celebrate Foster Care Fortnight 2015. The event was a great opportunity to recognize the amazing work of foster carers and to support those interested in fostering to learn more.

Richard Burden, MP for Northfield, attended the lunch event to show his support for the Birmingham fostering team. “I was delighted to attend the event hosted by Capstone Foster Care in Kings Norton in support of Foster Care Fortnight. Foster carers deserve to be recognised for the amazing work they do in supporting young people to have a brighter future.”


Foster Carers Helen and Tahira came along to meet the MP and celebrate Foster Care Fortnight

There is currently a shortage of 900 foster carers across the West Midlands. Birmingham fostering teams are especially looking for foster carers who can support sibling groups, and teenagers. Social Worker Manisha Mistry said; “Often children in care have been through a difficult time. At Capstone we offer support and training to enable carers to foster young people. It’s normal for children to come into care with their siblings, which is why we are always looking for people with more than 1 spare room.”


Suma and Alison from Capstone with MP Richard

Richard Burden expressed his opinion on the shortage of carers in the midlands; “It is very concerning that in our community there is a shortage of around 900 foster carers. Supporting teams like Capstone Foster Care is really important to ensure that we promote fostering to anyone who may be able to support a local child. It was great meet people at this event who are considering fostering – and who had the chance to discuss this further with the fostering team and other foster carers.”

Recruitment Co-ordinator Alison Williams said: “It was great to host this event to show our appreciation to foster carers, and it was a great excuse to invite anyone thinking of fostering to find out more. We were thrilled that our local MP could also come along and celebrate Foster Care Fortnight with us and encourage the local community to find out more.

Richard Burden added, “There is an enormous amount of support and training available for those interested in making a difference to the lives of children across Birmingham. I would urge anyone in this area who has been thinking about fostering to find out more.”

If you are interested in fostering in the West Midlands please callCapstone Foster Care on 0121 374 2650. The midlands team support over 100 carers across the West Midlands from offices in Kings Norton, Stoke and Leicester. Find out more about the areas your local fostering social workers support here.


Richard Burden (centre) celebrated Foster Care Fortnight with foster carers and staff from Capstone Foster Care

fcf2015_workshop_flyer_web-300x264Foster carers are excited to be celebrating the amazing work they do with their local MP. The networking event is being organised by Capstone Foster Care who are delighted to welcome Tristram Hunt to support Foster Care Fortnight 2015 in Stoke-on-Trent.

The event which will bring foster carers and their local MP together, has been publicised on local radio stations in the area by Alison Tasker, Senior Practitioner for Capstone Foster Care. Alison supports many foster carers in the local area from her fostering office based in Birches Head in Stoke.

Alison Tasker explains why she has organized this event: “Foster Care Fortnight is a great opportunity to celebrate the amazing work that foster carers do. It’s important to recognize that fostering, despite many challenges, holds enormous rewards. We want people across Stoke and Staffordshire to consider a career in foster care, as there is a massive shortage in the local area. We’re really grateful to Tristram Hunt for attending our event and supporting us to publicise our need for more foster carers”.

The networking event is being held from 11am – 2pm on Friday 12th June, welcoming foster carers and especially those thinking of fostering to come along to find out more. If you are interested in attending or want more information about becoming a foster carer in Stoke-on-Trent or Staffordshire, please contact Alison Tasker on Alison.tasker@capstonefostercare.co.uk or call 01782 267055 for an informal chat at anytime.


photo-2-e1420742937322-225x300Lauren Greenwood, Supervising Social Worker at the Capstone office in Denshaw swam across Lake Windermere to raise money for a small charity based in Tameside. The charity, Our Kids Eyes (OKE) supports young people with disabilities, by providing activities, fun days out and a regular youth club every Monday evening.

Lauren has a strong connection to the charity as she volunteered there for a year supporting the children who will benefit from her fundraising.

Lauren said; “After training for 6 months to complete the Great North Swim, I can finally say that it has all been worth it! I had a brilliant day, the sun was shining, I had my family cheering me on and my good friend and swimming partner Emma to calm me down before the race. I expected the 1 mile swim to take me an hour, so when I found out that it only took me 30 minutes I was very proud of myself. Our Kids Eyes, the charity that I swam for, are over the moon at the amount I have raised and it is important to me that I personally know what the money will be spent on and the children and young people who will benefit. Thank you again to everyone who has sponsored and supported me…..2 miles next year?!”

You can sponsor Lauren for her swim across Lake Windermere by clicking here, all funds will go to the charity Our Kids Eyes.


Lauren, left, with swimming partner Emma


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