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Fostering in the South West

Capstone Foster Care have been building brighter futures for children by supporting foster carers for over 10 years.

Fostering with Capstone Foster Care

We have over 100 foster carers in the South West and together with our expert team of staff, we have been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted. This is a great achievement by our staff and carers and a testament to the marvellous work they do to change the lives of children and young people.

With over 6,000 children in care across the South West, we work with local authorities, spanning from Gloucestershire County Council and Dorset County Council to Devon County Council and Hampshire County Council, to place children with our foster carers and their families to provide a secure and stable home.

As a member of the Capstone Foster Care family, our foster carers are provided with expert advice and guidance as well as training and support, 24/7 365 days.

Being part of the family means you automatically become part of our support groups because we know how important it is for our foster carers to get together and for our children and young people to feel part of the Capstone family. As one big happy family, we even have time to visit the local park, go trampolining and take the dogs for a walk.

Find out about the latest news and events from around the region.

Ofsted Report:

Good!

“Managers, the staff and foster carers have high aspirations for the children and young people in their care. A strength of the agency is the child-focused approach that the agency ensures is the driving force behind any decisions and changes.”

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Meet the team

Steve Blackwood

Steve Blackwood

Area Director - South

It is now over 34 years that I have worked within the childcare sector both with the local authority and the independent sector and especially in the fostering arena.  I have been fortunate to work across the UK in Scotland(where I lived for nearly two years), Wales and Southern Ireland as well as working and living  in America and Canada which were great experiences and allowed me to share some of the work and initiatives in the UK within these start up operations. It seems a very long time ago since I qualified as a social worker in 1994. I have always had a passion to enable young people to achieve their potential whatever that maybe and this is still something I feel very strongly about after all these years.

I have now worked for Capstone for over 4 years having started as the Regional Director for the South East in 2018 and two years ago becoming the Area Director for the South Hub which includes Capstone South West, Capstone South East and FosterCare UK. I am extremely proud to have a fantastic group of foster carers and staff that work tirelessly to ensure that the children and young people placed with us have a positive experience and are able to live fulfilling lives, while ensuring we have fun along the way. I have never failed to be amazed by the fantastic work that our foster carers do across the whole company.

Our aim is to provide a high level, quality service and our teams work in partnership with all those involved in the lives of the children to enable the best possible outcome for them.

Outside of work, I am a volunteer for a charitable organisation that also helps children and young people aspire to achieve,  I enjoy leisure activities when I get chance, travelling and spending time with my family.

Karen Marks

Karen Marks

Registered Manager - South West

I have been involved in fostering for over 35 years. Having been a foster carer for over 7 years and supporting my parents to foster it felt natural for me to undertake social work in the field of fostering and have worked in the independent fostering sector for over 20 years.

I joined Capstone over 10 years ago and have consistently enjoyed the commitment and passion of the teams that I work with. We strive to ensure that our foster carers are supported, respected and enabled to provide the best standard of care to the children and young people we look after.

Roxy Kinnin

Roxy Kinnin

Fostering Recruitment Advisor

Hi, my name is Roxy and I am the fostering recruitment advisor for the South West region. I joined the Capstone team in February 2022. In my current role I am responsible for recruiting and looking after our potential foster carers. I support the transition into the assessment process and provide guidance and support with the initial steps of the journey of becoming a foster carer.

Sarah James

Sarah James

Area Placement Manager - South Hub

I’m Sarah and I’m the Area Placement Manager for the South Hub.

My role is to support the placement teams in the South West, South East and Foster Care UK. I joined Capstone in November 2020 and have worked within the independent fostering sector since 2004. During that time, I have covered a range of roles, but have always navigated back to placements. This role allows me to support our placement teams consider whether we have a suitable vacancy for our foster carers.

I am able to work with our Local Authority colleagues and understand the needs of the young people they’re placement finding for. Our aim to offer and provide safe, robust and nurturing placements to young people who need them. There is no better feeling that learn how well a young person is flourishing in a placement you’ve supported making. At the end of the working week I enjoy spending time with my family, long walks with my dog and a good podcast.

Tracy Reed

Tracy Reed

Placement Officer

I am the Placement Officer  for the Southwest and I joined Capstone in 2018.

What inspires me in my role, is knowing we are making a difference to children that come into the care of our agency, and the foster carer we have,  knowing that they in a safe, secure and in a loving home.  I also enjoy meeting the children on carer/ children days and seeing them doing well, after all they have been through.

I have been married to Simon for too many years to think about, we have 1 son who is 30 years old and 1 granddaughter who is a joy to have around and keeps us on our toes, she is growing up way too fast!  

Music is a passion of ours, we love to go to gigs/ music festivals, rock, folk, punk, but also love to listen to all genres of music. I also love shopping - my granddaughter loves it too. We love to go for walks, exploring new places (we are fortunate to have some amazing places in and around Bristol). I try to keep fit and I love to Zumba, as it’s not just exercising, catching up with friends and having a laugh while dancing. Catching up with family & friends is also good for the soul. We love to travel and go on holidays, my favourite destination is Thailand, having been there quite a few times (over 8 times over the years), what’s not to love from the weather, the food, the people, the beaches, to the friends we have made out there.

Bethany Bruce

Bethany Bruce

Placements Officer

Hi everyone, I am a Placements Officer for the South West and South East. I joined Capstone in March 2022! Prior to joining Capstone, I have worked in residential children’s homes, the looked after children’s team at my local authority, and within adult mental health. I also studied Psychosocial Studies at university, which I feel relates well to my line of work. I find nothing more rewarding than supporting individuals to live their full potential, and to bring happiness to others lives!

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