We also have Roxanne, our Senior Practitioner who manages a Social Work Team of 3. We are a group of professionals who are committed to Capstone Foster Care, and we love working with our carers and the children and young people they look after.
As an independent fostering agency, Capstone’s focus is on the children and young people that we are working for, and we will only place them with a foster family or carer after taking a great deal of factors into consideration to make the matching process the best it can be. These factors include, but are not limited to, ethnicity and religion, other children in their household and the experience and skills they may need to look after a particular child.
It is important to us that the children in our care have the best possible experience with us, and that together, we create good outcomes. These can include being able to provide a child or young person with a safe, stable home environment, them attending higher education – whether that be college or university, or undertaking vocational training, or going on to long-term foster care or adoption.
Our foster carers are equally important to us, as they have the most important job of all, and so we offer guidance and support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on top of monthly supervision – more if needed. We also provide regular support groups and meetings, which are normally around 2 hours long and can be on a formal, or informal basis depending on the needs of the group. Here, carers have the opportunity to meet up and discuss a range of topics, share tips and hints and generally have a catch up with someone else who understands what it means to become a foster carer. They can talk about their placements, finances, training… the list is endless. Although these are meetings for the carers, two social workers will generally be in attendance to provide helpful insights and support.
We think that everyone involved in the Capstone Foster Care community should have the chance to provide feedback and let us know how we are doing, and so every year, we send out a questionnaire to foster carers, foster children and birth children. As part of this process, Children’s Consultation Groups are held for looked after children and birth children combined, with one group for 5-10 year olds, and another for 11-17 year olds. Running for around two hours, this is a great opportunity for them to speak freely and openly about anything they want to without the presence of their Foster Carer/s or Parents. Games, quizzes and lunch are provided, and participants are given a £15.00 voucher for a High Street shop for giving up their time.
Normally, at the start of each summer, we invite all of the foster carers in the South East to meet with each other, and with staff and management for an informal lunch, something we feel, helps to enforce the Capstone “family feel” for everyone. Also, each year we give all of the carers in the South East the chance to choose a summer activity to enjoy. In 2015, our carers chose to go on day trips to Chessington World of Adventure and LEGOLAND – with 150 tickets being purchased for Chessington alone. In 2014, outings included the Harry Potter Studio Tour and Thorpe Park.
On top of this, Capstone South East invites all foster carers in the region to an annual Capstone Party. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 it was held at the Tower Hotel overlooking Tower Bridge and staff and carers enjoyed an evening of great food and drinks, entertainment and dancing.
At Capstone, we are renowned for our excellent training and support, and offer courses to all foster carers, adult household members / birth children and designated back up / support individuals at our regional offices or other local venues for increased accessibility. Feedback from our carers is hugely positive, and attendance is always high for each session.
Capstone Foster Care are a medium sized foster agency, with offices across the UK, and we are always on the look out to recruit new foster carers (or those wishing to transfer from other foster care agencies) who have big hearts and a lot of patience to join us and help to create our vision of building brighter futures.
Carers need to be resilient, and not easily phased in the face of difficult situations. Our children and young people come to us for a number of different reasons, and so we are looking for people who are able to accommodate their needs.
Carers need to be open to looking after sibling groups, teenagers, children with varying disabilities or complex needs, parents and their children or young people on remand.
We welcome people from all walks of life and from all backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, ages and cultures.
If you are interested in becoming a foster carer and have patience, a caring attitude and a sense of humour, please call us on 020 3384 4435 or simply click here.