Debbie & Rachel
We are Debbie and Rachel. We have been together for 10 years and have always talked about fostering children but we were not in a position to do so. We eventually saved for a deposit on a house and when we achieved this and moved in we made a call to Capstone. The local team spoke with me on the phone for a good 30 minutes asking some questions and explaining their role too. Within two days we had a social worker from Capstone come and visit us at home. She was a lovely. Soon after we were asked if we would like to attend a Skills to Foster course with Capstone. We were able to complete the Skills to Foster course on Saturdays only, over a few weeks. This was very informative. They tell you all the great things about fostering and inform you about the challenging side to, there was no shying away, we felt this was very helpful. We passed the course then we had visits at home were they try to find out what kind of person you are, hobbies interests etc. This lasted a few months we had around 8/9 visits. We were then approved. We now have a 9 year old boy on a long term placement which we are thrilled about, he is such a happy little boy full of life and cheeky. I’m not going to tell you that this is easy because it’s not, but it is so worthwhile especially when you can see them growing in confidence right before your eyes. All we wanted was to help some of these kids out, we wanted to offer hearts and home to someone in need. I can tell you it has changed our lives for the better. If you are reading this and are thinking about fostering give Capstone a call it could change your lives too.