On 12th December, it was time for Capstone to reward and celebrate the foster carers in the South West Region. A sumptuous Christmas lunch was enjoyed by our carers and staff to show Capstone’s appreciation of all the hard work and dedication to fostering our carers have provided the children this year. The event  gave our Area manager, Scott Wickers, to present some long service awards to our carers who have completed five and ten years’ service dedicated to fostering with Capstone.

Jules has been fostering with Capstone for ten years and has provide a home, love and support for many young people over the years and we really value all of Jules hard work and commitment to her role. Here is what Jules had to say:

“Thank you so very much to you and Capstone for my flowers etc. I feel very valued again”

Anthony and Heather have been fostering with Capstone for five years now, again they have helped to support young people with complex needs very successfully. Heather said:

“I can’t believe it’s been five years! Where has the time gone, I thought is was three. Thank you to Capstone for our gifts we’re so happy”.

Our carers really enjoyed the lunch and appreciated being valued by the Capstone team for all they do. Here is what another carer had to say about the event:

“We just wanted to thank you and Capstone for such a lovely Christmas lunch. Thank you also for the Christmas tree with biscuits, can’t wait for Christmas to open them! We wish you and everyone at Capstone a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!”

As well as celebrating the long service of carers, we are delighted to celebrate the long service of staff including Maggie Andrews, who has completed 10 years’ service with Capstone. Maggie is a finance officer in the Devon office who facilicates the important role of Carer payments and contracts with local authorities.


Fostering as a familyFostering for the McCabe’s is a journey they have taken on together as a family, here are their thoughts on fostering:

Kerry and Nathan:

We have now been fostering for three years and it’s been quite a journey! We’ve had lots of successes along the way and our favourite thing is seeing our foster child grow and flourish into the lovely strong girl that she is. At first it’s just little steps, like seeing them smile and laugh more often and as time goes by you start to see them glow and begin to gain confidence. It can be hard at times and that’s why having support is so important. Capstone has been brilliant at this, we have had lots of support from our supervising social worker and also the in-house psychologists. This really helps you to unpick situations and behaviours and gives you practical solutions to try out. Sometimes these are so simple but they truly work! We love being a family who fosters, we’ve learnt so much over the years and feel very much part of a wider family that Capstone provides.

Joe:

Fostering grants me so many opportunities as a birth child, mainly by me getting a chance to help change a foster child’s life. I have met so many people through fostering, not only the children that have come into our lives but also the professionals that support us. Capstone has really helped me develop as an individual, I have been on training and have had support from the in-house psychologists, this is so important to me, it helps me to be the best foster brother I can be.

Jack:

Fostering has allowed me to learn new skills which I may not have had chance to learn. I’ve met lots of children and have stayed in touch with them all. I feel very involved in fostering, I play a part in helping foster children to settle into our home, for me it’s about helping foster children feel loved and part of our family.

Foster Child:

I feel really happy and settled with my family, they’ve helped me to feel safe and part of. That’s the most important thing for me, that I feel part of. It’s the things like going on holiday together, having meals out and just doing things as a family that means a lot to me.

SSW  – Sarah Comments:

Fostering for the McCabe’s has always been a whole family commitment. Kerry & Nathan have successfully managed to combine parenting their birth children alongside a foster child so that they’ve been able to become part of a healthy functioning and fun-loving family. It’s not been without its difficulties and they’ve all needed lots of support at times, but with commitment & perseverance they’ve witnessed some fantastic development and progress in the young people they’ve had in their care.

 


S was placed with Capstone carers when she was almost 16 years old.  S told the carers that she did not want to remain in care after she reached 16 so the carers understood they may only have few months to offer S a safe, caring and nurturing environment.

However, on her 16th Birthday, S confirmed that she wanted to remain with the carers and, at this point, the carers were delighted that they could continue with their support of S.

Since then, S has done extremely well, having gained her GCSE’s, followed by two distinctions and a merit in her BTEC as she gained her qualification in IT, a subject she excelled in at school.  S’s carers have been intrinsic to her development and progress, having assisted her with her education and also enabling her to learn to drive and gain an apprenticeship with the local Police force.  S is due to take her driving test soon and she will have her own car to drive to and from work.

S has progressed so well, at her own pace, as she has not been overburdened by the issues of having to move out of placement. She is welcome in the family home and plays a large part within the family and is being supported fully by the carers now she is on a Staying Put arrangement.  Well done S!


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