My name is Lara, I am a currently studying Social Work at Plymouth University and Capstone Foster Care has been my final practice placement. At Capstone I have been made to feel valued and part of the team, while encouraged to develop my knowledge around attachment and the effects of childhood trauma.

The priority at Capstone is improving the lives of children and young people through finding them stable and nurturing placements. I have had the opportunity to take part in the many training opportunities offered to staff and foster carers, on a variety of subjects to support reparative parenting.

A highlight of my time at Capstone has been working with our foster carers and the young people they support. I have enjoyed meeting talented, resilient young people who are achieving their goals and making plans for their futures.

Through a lot of hard work, commitment and compassion foster carers are providing children with a nurturing environment in which children and young people can thrive. Working with a team of child-focussed social workers and foster carers has been a fantastic opportunity in my professional development.


On the 15th April our Devon carers and children had a get together at Crealy Family Park. Capstone have held this type of event over the Easter period for 3 years now, and this year proved yet another great success with children making new friends and carers meeting and supporting each other with advice and friendship.

The Easter Egg hunt was fun and through some fantastic team work clues were solved and each of the children received an egg from the gigantic (but not scary) Easter Bunny.

You cannot understate the value these events have for our children… Knowing they are not the only ones living in foster care and that other children have shared experiences too can be very therapeutic and a lot of fun!  The event enabled our children to meet up, some of whom had been on respite together previously – it was the perfect opportunity to see friendships flourish.


Foster child ‘T’ talks about her time with St John’s Ambulance Cadets for Child Safety Week. 

Martin and Julie my foster carers encouraged me to join St Johns Ambulance Cadets after trying various sporty activities which isn’t really me 🙂

Although at first I was really, really nervous and didn’t think I would enjoy it I did.

It is a small group and I was allowed to do as much as I felt confident with. My instructor is nice and friendly and very patient. The uniform is green and froglike but ok.

I have passed my Life Skills Level 1 and working towards my level 2. We get go to events as support such carnivals, rugby matches and shows.

I have learnt basic life skills and what to do in an emergency, how to do resuscitation and more, which is important for everyone to know!

Before I came into foster care I felt unable to do anything about my life but this has given me confidence and power and will help me in the future.

T 🙂


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