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Why foster with us?

As a local authority, we know the children in our care the best and our aim is to keep more local children with local foster carers. Fostering for your local authority offers many benefits including frequency of placements, competitive allowances and support close to home.

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Meet our foster carers

Learn more about fostering with Portsmouth City Council from some of our most experienced foster carers. 

The rewards of fostering

Fostering is an incredibly rewarding, home-based career with a number of options available to work for you. As well as the personal satisfaction from making a difference to a child’s life, you will benefit from significant support yourself on a 24/7 basis. You will also receive full training prior to your first placement and an ongoing training calendar all year round.

You may be who we are looking for if some of the following applies to you:

  • Do you have a spare bedroom?
  • Are you over 21?
  • Do you have child care experience?
  • Do you have experience of working with young people?
  • Do you have the time and energy to invest in a child or young person?
  • Do you live in Portsmouth or the surrounding area?
  • Do you have professional, voluntary or personal experience of caring for people with disabilities?

Download our eGuide

Start your journey today by reading our online information guide here!


The Mockingbird model

We have adopted the Mockingbird model of foster care to better support carers and young people in Portsmouth.

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Attend one of our events

Join us at one of our forthcoming events to meet existing foster carers and get your questions answered by our expert team.

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