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The Capstone team in the Midlands is led by Sara Chambers-Ross and Chris Crocker. Sara and Chris are supported by 12 social workers and 8 admin staff across our three offices in the Midlands.

Meet Sara

saraI am from the Midlands and have worked here for most of my 20 year career in fostering.

I am passionate about fostering and delivering high quality support to carers and children. I have worked across the UK in the independent sector for most of my career and I am very much looking forward to contributing to the on going development of Capstone Foster Care. Working with foster carers and witnessing the amazing difference made to children and young people’s lives has been an absolute privilege throughout my career.

In my spare time I enjoy watching live music and volunteering at local community events in our home town in Shropshire with my husband John. We are also kept pretty busy by the antics of our two naughty rescue dogs; Frankie and Benni.

Meet Chris

Hi, my name is Chris. I manage the social work team who are incredibly committed to carers and young people and always go the “extra mile” to support them

I’m a Brummie born and bred! My wife Anne  is an advisor in special educational needs in Birmingham, and I am incredibly proud of our 2 children who are now both grown up and either studying or working. I love most sports, support the Villa (please be kind to me), and have more than a passing interest in all sorts of music and arts.

Professionally, I trained as a Probation Officer initially in the late 80s, but then crossed over to Family Court work, social work and youth justice. My last role was as a Quality Assurance manager in a big fostering agency, but prior to that I was a team manager in youth justice teams in Birmingham and Solihull and a senior manager within a national charity for looked after children. I hope I can bring some of the knowledge and experience I’ve gained in these roles to add to the great work already being done here by so many people at Capstone!

 

Meet Alison

Alison WHi I’m Alison and I’m the Recruitment Co-ordinator for the Midlands region. When you submit an enquiry or call us about becoming a foster carer, I am usually the first person you will speak to. I really enjoy speaking with new people and finding out more about them. It’s always really exciting to speak to someone who has the potential to foster.

I usually support people right up until assessment, and once someone is approved they are then supported by a social worker. At the moment I am looking for foster carers across the entire Midlands region. We are particularly looking for people to support youngsters who come into care with their siblings. So if you have extra room we especially want to hear from you.

I organise lots of events and if I’m not out and about I can be found in the Birmingham office, where you can always pop in for a chat and a cuppa. To find out more about our events check our news section or our Facebook page

Meet Manisha

IMG_3292Hi! I am Manisha Mistry. I have been working for Capstone Foster Care since July 2011. My role within the team is Senior Practitioner.

I qualified as a Social Worker in September 2009, after successfully completing a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and Psychology and a Masters Degree in Social Work. Prior to undertaking my Masters I lived in my home city of Bradford where I worked for 1 year as a Housing Support Worker, working with males who suffered Mental Health, Drug abuse, Alcohol Misuse, Homelessness, to name just a few.

I enjoy working in foster care as I believe in supporting children to achieve positive outcomes in their lives. It’s really rewarding to help foster carers achieve this.

Meet Tanika

IMG_3302My name is Tanika Azodo I am a  Senior Supervising Social Worker, I qualified as a social worker in 2008 and began my career at the Youth Offending Team. I then moved on to a supervising social worker role at another agency in Birmingham where I worked  for 5 years.

I started working at Capstone at 2013 and I mainly supervise carers within the Birmingham area . I really enjoy supporting carers and ensuring all the young people’s needs are met.

In my spare time I dance and also teach dancing, I am currently learning  Portuguese and hope to travel there this year. I have one lively 3 year old who I am very proud of and he keeps me very busy!

Meet Alison

Alison TaskerI’m a Senior Practitioner and I live in Staffordshire, supporting foster carers across the northern part of the midlands region. I have spent most of my life in the Midlands, apart from about seven years when I worked and studied down south.

I am hugely passionate about ensuring that children and young people are supported in positive foster placements and for carers to have the right guidance, help and advice to enable them to succeed.  I am proud to lead the development of our Staffordshire operations from our Potteries base and have done so for the last three years.

I have worked is social care for about twelve years in a variety of settings including fostering, a residential children’s home and with adults with care needs.  I qualified as a social worker in 2010 and have a masters degree in social policy.  I have a deep interest in strengthening the link between strong empirical research and working practice; I am in the process of completing a professional doctorate at Keele University, where my area of research interest focuses on robust ways to address child sexual exploitation.

I enjoy running, spending time with the people that I care about and crafty things

Meet Dan

Dan webMy name is Dan Newton I am a Senior Supervising Social Worker.  I qualified as a social worker in 2010 and after some time out travelling, I started my first job as a social worker in 2011.  This was as a Supervising Social Worker for a small agency in Birmingham, where I worked for just over one year.

I started working at Capstone in June 2012 and during this time have supported foster carers all over the East and West Midlands.  I enjoy working in this role, supporting foster carers and young people to achieve positive outcomes.

 

In my spare time I support Aston Villa, so I’m used to a challenge! But other than that I enjoy meeting up with friends and family around the country.

Meet Kay

IMG_3271Hi, I’m Kay and I am the Office & Admin Manager. I have worked in Fostering Agencies for 12 years

My training was initially in Education (Infant and Junior) but I have also worked at a housing department. I moved on to setting up a pre school, which I managed for 15 years, so I am well used to Ofsted and all that entails. My husband and I were also Foster Carers with our Local Authority. We fostered 17 children altogether from ages 4 – 18, managing a variety of behaviours. We found that we were most comfortable with teenage girls so we were never long without a placement and although at times it was extremely challenging, we also found it very fulfilling.

Meet Emma

IMG_3281Hi I am Emma, I have worked on the Placements team at Capstone Foster Care since April 2014. It is my job to match foster carers to children in care.

Before coming to Capstone I worked in Administration and Customer Service. Working at  Capstone is completely different to anything I have done before, and although some aspects of the role are administration based, the work I do now feels so much more rewarding.

When matching foster carers with children it helps if foster carers are flexible, willing to learn and up for a challenge too. But I guarantee that the rewards are worth it, especially when you know you are supporting a young person to have a better future.

 

Meet Sunjay & Kelly

The Midlands welcome Sunjay & Kelly to the placements team, Sunjay has joined us after some time out travelling after leaving his senior sales position & Kelly has joined us from another fostering agency. Both of them are looking forward to playing a key part in the family finding process for the children and foster families and have become a fantastic addition to the team.

 

Meet Debbie

Debbie has been with us since the New Year her role is review & training co-ordinator, she has years of experience in fostering environments and is responsible for managing carers training schedules as well as completion of preparation work for annual reviews. We welcome them all to the team!!

 

 

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