Families in Taunton are being urged to consider becoming foster carers after it is revealed that more than 124 children were referred to Capstone for fostering in the Taunton area in past 6 months.

Capstone Foster Care will be holding 2 fostering information events at Costa Coffee, 25 Fore Street, Taunton on Wednesday 26th April between 7-9pm and The Corner House Hotel, Park Street on Saturday 29th April between 9am – 12 noon. The events will allow Taunton residents to find out more about fostering.

114 individual Children and Young People were referred to Capstone for fostering in the Taunton area in the past 6 months, within this figure were 38 Children/Young people who had specific needs, 6 sibling groups and 10 parent and child referrals and 58 where we have no vacancies currently available in this area were all seeking foster care. Capstone Foster Care are inviting families that have a spare room, the time and patience to become foster carers to stop by on Wednesday 26th or Saturday 29th April to find out more information.

Somerset residents Brian & Julian became approved foster carers in 2014. Brian commented:

“It is a little crazy to think how fast this past two or three years have flown by, but in all honesty – making that decision to foster was the best decision we could have ever made!! …..It completely changed our lives and continues to do so on a daily basis!! …..don’t get me wrong, it certainly can be stressful and completely exhausting, but when all is said and done, we wouldn’t have changed it for the world!!!!!!” 

Elaine Leitch, Regional Director at Capstone Foster Care, commented:

“Capstone Foster Care has been based and working across the whole of the South West for the past ten years and has a solid history of making sustainable foster placements where young people make excellent progress. We have worked with Somerset Council to provide a variety of placements for young people who they have not been able to find suitable families from within their own resources. We are also in the process of renewing our Tenders with the majority of Local Authorities in the South West, and to enable us to meet the demand for placements will be seeking to recruit and approve more foster carers. We look forward to meeting residents from Taunton and surrounding areas, who may be interested in the rewarding job of fostering a young person.”

About Capstone Foster Care

Founded in 2007, Capstone Foster Care now has more than 140 staff supporting more than 600 carers nationwide. Locally, Capstone has a team at Bristol, which covers the whole of Bristol & Gloucestershire.

We are passionate about the children in our care and believe that all children deserve to live in a safe, stable and secure family environment. This environment allows children to have a sense of security, which enables them to improve their emotional wellbeing.


Jules has been supporting children as a foster carer for Capstone for over 9 years in Westward Ho. Jules wanted to do something to support unaccompanied refugee children after reports emerged of 1500 children living in desperate conditions in Calais once the ‘Jungle’  was destroyed and burnt down.  Children were sleeping in the burnt out and demolished camp, with no water, little food and Jules responded to a social media campaign by ‘Calais Action’  requesting donations of food and belongings to support the young people. Eventually the children were accounted for by French authorities, and the plan was to move them to the UK once legislation was agreed.

In preparation for their arrival and to support the campaign being run by Calais Action, Jules decided to do her best to help:jl pic[2]

“Firstly I wanted to get people together on the Westward Ho Community Facebook page to donate a welcome present for the children to help them feel accepted here.  I rang the Mayor and councillor of Torrington who thought it was a wonderful idea and thanked me. She suggested if I was going to do anything would I ask for clothes shoes toiletries etc.  I also asked the locals to write some welcome cards, they responded, the cards were fantastic, so very thoughtful and kind. 

I always put myself in others shoes and just can’t imagine how traumatised these children must feel coming here standing up in the clothes they were wearing. I’m so glad I was able to help these young people with the support of my the community.”

Jules collected trainers, clothes and toiletries. The items were donated to North Devon Refuge Solidarity Group in preparation of the arrival of children. It’s likely that many unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) will be looked after in time by foster carers, and we support our foster carers very closely to look after unaccompanied and refugee children and young people. Our training covers topics to help foster carers:

  • understand the legal status and position of unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee children
  • identify the complex and diverse needs of this group of children and the possible ways of meeting these needs
  • understand the impact of the “refugee-making” process and the role of carers in this
  • describe the impact of trauma, loss and separation on children and young people
  • consider the impact on carers and the specific skills that may be needed to care for unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee children.

There are many ways that you can support children children in crisis, from both home and abroad. If fostering is something you are interested we would like to hear from you.


With Christmas just around the corner, we’ve teamed up with the fantastic team at Behind The Magic Door to bring you an exclusive discount of 40% off their gorgeous personalised children’s books!

These books make the ideal gift for any special little ones and are a great bedtime story for kids ages 0-8. Every story is different and unique to each child, so B-E-N would have a different story to T-H-O-M-A-S, and K-A-T-I-E would be different to S-O-P-H-I-E.

Rather than simply inserting your child’s name into a template, Behind The Magic Door let you create your own characters and build an adventure based on their name, e.g. SHELLY would have a story based around a Snake, Hyena, Elephant, Lion, Llama and a Yeti.

These books normally cost £19.99 each and come with FREE delivery worldwide, but as a special gift to our foster carers and Capstone family, we are offering 40% off! Simply enter code foster40 into the Discount Code box during online checkout to receive your Capstone exclusive deal.


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