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.

roller skatingOn the 26th August 2016 a group of almost 30 Capstone foster carers, children, friends and family joined two Capstone social workers at the Bournemouth International Centre in a 2 hour adventure at the Roller Coast Roller Rink.

It was an experience full of laughter, music, some falls and, of course, roller skating. Almost everyone had a try at the rink and it was amazing to see how much fun adults and children were having together.

We all encouraged each other and the experienced roller skaters were a great help to the very brave first timers; there were even some hidden roller skating talents discovered!

It was a bright, sunny day and, once we were all able to put our feet back on steady ground, some people teamed up and spent the rest of the afternoon at the Bournemouth beach or town centre.

A big thank you to all that participated in this little adventure. We look forward to making some more fun memories with you and continue to build brighter futures together.

08-08-16_2016-08 16 16 29Fostering was something we had been talking about together, as a family for several years before we applied to Capstone. I think what we wanted to achieve was summed up by Jessica Matthews  in The Fostering Network magazine, “CAHMS In Crisis” article which touched on the importance of healthy, happy, family attachments; “I have seen children blossom when the simple things happen…that wonderful, ordinary family life that foster carers are so well placed to offer.” We wanted to give children who had had a difficult start in life the ordinary, loving, family life our own children are able to take for granted.

During our first year as foster carers with Capstone, we have had several placements, each one has come with it’s own unique set of challenges and we have had to draw on our Capstone training as well as the experience of our Supervising Social Worker. Remaining calm in a crisis is definitely a useful trait, as is a good dollop of common sense! Although we were well trained before our first placement and throughout the year, I’m not sure that any amount of training can fully prepare you and we did a fair amount of learning “on the job” with the support of our Capstone Social Worker and the Capstone Out Of Hours service!

The children who have been placed with us have all had relatively short stays. Although this has sometimes felt frustrating, we gain comfort from the fact that during the short time the children were with us, we have been able to offer them an insight into a loving, supportive, family life and give them simple experiences which they may otherwise not have had. We are also proud of the fact that we have formed good relationships with the young people who have stayed with us, even though they have not been with us that long. Having a variety of fostering placements has also meant that we have also had a huge variety of experiences in working with the unique personalities of each child. Hopefully we will be able to take these experiences forward with us into the next year of fostering!

Kharissa & family – Hampshire

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