Knowledge Centre

Did you know that there is a condition that often affects parents and carers called “Empty Nest Syndrome”? It occurs when children have grown up to the point of becoming adults and “leave the nest” to begin their own independent lives. Sometimes this will be when they leave home to go off to college or university and sometimes it happens when they move into a place of their own for the first time. It can be a strange time of really mixed emotions. You feel proud that you have successfully brought your children to this stage in their lives but...

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Capstone Foster Care takes the education of children very seriously and we have made it a large factor in our overall mandate to provide the best possible care. To emphasise Capstone’s belief that education is crucial to the future success of our children and young people, our South West Region has an education coordinator, and we also have two teachers who make up part of our North team at Capstone. Their roles are to support learning and education, working alongside supervising social workers, schools and local authorities. This unified effort is aimed at ensuring the best possible learning experience for...

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It’s human nature, the way we are made. When we are feeling lonely or insecure or vulnerable and someone comes along and pays us the right kind of attention, we turn toward them the way that a flower turns toward the sunshine. A little flattery, a kind word, a small gift can go a very long way. When they are an adolescent, in that difficult post-childhood, pre-adult emotional zone, there is a firestorm of emotions that include, but are not limited to, desire to be independent, fearlessness, and assurance that they are insightful beyond parental reason. In other words, adolescents have...

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