It’s wonderful to hear stories of generosity and kindness from our foster families but the kindness shown by these incredible children from one of our Barnsley foster families really warms your heart and should inspire us all to do our bit for those less fortunate than ourselves.
Every month, with their carers/parents, these children get to choose one gift each that they think other children would like to be given at Christmas. Then in December when they both have 12 gifts each, they donate them to the Hallam FM Cash for Kids Mission Christmas campaign.
It’s a wonderful idea and a fantastic lesson for these young children. Merry Christmas to you all!

On the 15th December, staff, carers, looked after children and young people all came together from our Barnsley office and celebrated at their Christmas party and enjoyed all the festive fun, activities and food! All the children took it in turns to visit Santa in his grotto and received a present each. The day was fun packed with activities such as making Christmas crafts, handmade cards and tree decorations to give to their loved ones. The staff even made a Christmas photo booth and helped the children decorate cupcakes.

The day ended with a buffet, Christmas treats and a DJ and some of our young people joined in with the karaoke as well! It really is a joy to see staff, carers and children all come together and celebrate as a big family.

Thank you to everyone who came along and we’d like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!


Our mentors offer non-judgemental support from a position of understanding as foster carers themselves. They are here to help improve confidence, skills and practices of new or less experienced foster carers.

Adele has been fostering for over 10 years were she has cared for babies to teenagers, sibling groups and children with disabilities. Her passion for Looked After Children and commitment to advocating for their needs to be met puts her in an excellent position when it comes to acting as a Peer Mentor – promoting the foster carer role, whilst using her knowledge and experience to support others effectively.

Additionally, Michelle has been a foster carer with Capstone for 8 years, and more recently she has volunteered to become our LGBT Champion. Her background in this area is from having a close number of friends from the LGBT community, and being a passionate advocate for equality and diversity. To date she has been involved in supporting Capstone Foster Care with reviewing policies, and providing reviews on books for young people exploring their identity.

Furthermore, Liz began her fostering career back in 2010 and has gone on to care for children of all ages and from a variety of cultures, many with additional needs and behavioural issues. All have benefitted from her warm and empathic approach and she wanted to extend this support to those new to fostering or those experiencing difficulties. She hopes to help carers feel less isolated and more at ease when it comes to them understanding their roles and responsibilities.

Nina has gained valuable experience through her 6 years of fostering with Capstone Foster Care she has looked after children aged 5 months to teenagers each with their own diverse issues and problems. She has a wealth of knowledge to share especially with the mother and baby placements she has supported.

Finally, Simone unfortunately wasn’t present when the photo was being taken, Simone became a foster carer 4 years ago and has since demonstrated her ability to remain level-headed and child-focused in some particularly difficult situations. Her calm and nurturing responses have enabled her to connect with young people quickly, developing a mutually respectful environment where they have flourished as individuals. Through becoming a Peer Mentor Simone would like to think she could offer encouragement to help develop confidence in others, enabling placements to become more secure, happy places.


Left to Right: Adele (Peer Mentor), Michelle (LGBT Champion and Peer Mentor),
Liz (Peer Mentor) & Nina (Peer Mentor).


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