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Our future lies in the hands of today’s children – giving each of us the responsibility to help them reach their full potential…especially those who require a little extra nurturing.

Fostering is a way of providing family life for someone else’s child in your own home when they are unable to live with their birth family. This can be due to many reasons; illness, relationship problems, family breakdown, or perhaps a situation where the child’s welfare is threatened. Fostering differs from adoption, in that an adoption order ends a child’s legal relationship with their natural family, whereas looked after children remain the legal responsibility of the local authority and/or their birth parents. For a whole variety of reasons there are around 45,000 children in the system.

There is a common misconception that children placed in foster care have been so because of delinquency, anti-social behaviour or other behaviour not becoming of their home environment. This is simply not the case. Many children are the unfortunate casualties of parental break-ups, a single parent suffering from illness be it emotional or physical, or simply a child who is not wanted by their biological parent/parents. Foster carers provide a safe, secure and stable environment for these children and young people and the foster care placement can last for days, months or even years. Many children return home to their families but others may receive long-term support; either through continued fostering, adoption, residential care or by being helped to live independently.

First and foremost a family looking to adopt or become a foster carer needs to be able to provide any child under their care a stable and loving environment where they can feel safe and wanted. If you believe this is you, you will find on this website a number of agencies and local departments that can give you more information on the process and discuss with you any questions you may have.

Capstone Foster Care North have now been in operation for over 12 years and were originally called Premier Foster Care.  We are proud to say that we now have almost 70 carer households in various regions; Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Bradford, Leeds and Barnsley to name a few.  Despite this wide area, Capstone pride themselves in their small local offices and maintaining, as a genuine priority, our famous ‘family feel’ and friendly, good humored approach. 

Despite the healthy number of carers there remains a significant national shortage of foster carers and at any one time more than 10,000 homes are needed for some of society’s most vulnerable young people in need of safety, support and love.

‘Building brighter Futures’ is our motto and we do this by ensuring that carers have the best support and training that is needed to do their job.  Our staff team are skilled, experienced and stable and we ensure that building brighter futures encompasses everyone.  To illustrate this we have recently been awarded SILVER in our Investor’s in People assessment.

We offer an outstanding quality of service to foster carers and their families and along with promoting excellent outcomes for our children and young people, we invest in transition services through our Care leaver’s Trust and support young people to independence and beyond.

We are very proud of what we do and how we enable carers to offer such quality placements to children and young people.   We are fully committed in our pursuit to approve more carers and invite you to make some contact with us so that we can talk you through the process.  Furthermore, we welcome the opportunity to assist you to embark upon one of the most rewarding carers available to anyone!  

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