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What people say about Capstone Foster Care

Feedback from Ofsted regarding our Therapeutic Approach

‘’The agency has a therapeutic approach to the provision of high quality care. These ‘golden threads’ of practice permeate throughout the agency’s work and contribute to the delivery of an outstanding quality of care to children and young people looked after’’.

Testimony from carers

At present we have 8 families in assessment and 50% of these come from enquiries from our own in-house foster carers – a great testimony to the way they feel abut Capstone, our matching, support provided and training offered.

“We had been thinking about fostering for a number of years, but with 4 children of our own, we felt we needed to wait until we had the time and emotional availability before we embarked on our journey to foster. Once our 3 older children had become more independent and were no longer living at home full time, we decided it seemed like the right time to investigate further. I had no idea how to go about enquiring about fostering, so I did what everybody does these days, I googled it! I found a fostering search engine, into which I entered our details and it promised to forward our information onto local agencies – which it did! Five different agencies contacted me, of which one was Capstone and I had a chat with each of their representatives over the phone, after which I decided to pursue a face to face conversation with 3 of the agencies. Rob and I met face to face with 3 relatively local agencies and talked about the role of fostering, the vetting process and also about what each of the agencies could provide to us in terms of support. It became apparent quite quickly that Capstone seemed to have a good relationship with all the local authorities, being a preferred supplier to Bournemouth and Poole and they also provided a considerable amount of in-house training at an accessible venue, which was important to us. Carole Grissett explained that matching was a key part of Capstone’s success at placing children, which is why they are well thought of by Social Services. These three key points (local recognition by social services, training, matching), were what swayed us to pursue our desire to foster with Capstone. It took 6 months to be vetted and we were very excited on our panel date! We were so pleased to be approved and looked forward to our first placement. We are 2 1/2 years into our fostering journey now and have fostered 6 children, some for respite and some for longer. Our supervising social worker, Trish Cummings, has been an invaluable support, providing advice, encouragement and feedback along the way. Fostering is full of joy and sometimes sadness. We have experienced laughter and tears. But one thing is certain, fostering with Capstone has been a positive experience for us and for all of our family and we look forward to being able to provide a safe, nurturing and caring environment for more children in the years to come.” – Andi Lindsay

Social Workers on Capstone carers

D Social worker is extremely complementary about E and Cs care of D and has verbally commented on a number of occasions that they are the best foster carers he has ever worked with.”

“I have worked with R in my capacity as a 16+ Personal Advisor since August 2014 and in this time R has been incredibly supportive of the young person in his care. He has demonstrated understanding and a pro-active approach when dealing with the complex issues that face this young person. R is always available to speak to if required and again this is considered extremely helpful when trying to co-ordinate an out of county case 0. He has been accommodating to his needs in providing a robust service to the young person.”

What the Local Authority Commissioner says

“It has been brought to my attention by the team mangers that over the past few months Capstone has provided some very good placement matches for our children”.

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