Demi is the daughter of Capstone foster carers Natalie and Simon. She is 15 years old and has experienced a fostering family lifestyle. Demi has shared this poem to demonstrate what life is like for the birth children of those who foster.


Julia-race-3-256x300Julia Todd from Capstone Foster Care participated in the Race for Life in Solihull to raise funds for Cancer Research.
Julia was joined on the day by friends and family who cheered her on. “Our aim was to walk the 5k in under an hour, we just made it in 59 minutes. We’d stopped to chat to people along the way and had to run the last bit to finish in time!”

Julia was joined by four friends who completed the race with her and between them they have raised £1000 so far. Over 2,300 people participated in the race in Malvern Park, and the organisers are expecting to raise over £175,000.

In August 2014, Julia was diagnosed with breast cancer within weeks she had undergone surgery. Julia has had six months of chemotherapy and is now receiving radiotherapy treatment.

Julia said; “People think I’ve done well, but it’s been very hard. I’ve had lots of support from friends and family. My faith and support in my local parish church in Knowle has really helped me get through this.”

“I did the Race for Life because the money we’re raising will go towards research. I’ve read somewhere that by 2050 they may find a cure. It seems like a long time away but it’s better than nothing. I hope one day they will find a cure to stop this awful suffering – to beat Cancer.”

Julia-race-1Julia added; “I didn’t know how I’d feel on the day of the race, but I was really touched by everyone who had been affected.”

Julia’s husband, Andrew said; “It was a very moving experience to see so many people involved, all affected by cancer in one way or another.”

Julia is still collecting funds for the race, if you would like to make a donation you can find her Just Giving page here:

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

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