Every October in the UK we celebrate Black History Month. This month provides a perfect opportunity to remind Portsmouth that our foster carers come from all walks of life. Regardless of their age, ethnicity or sexuality, they all share the same commitment and motivation to make a positive difference to a child’s life.
Foster Portsmouth is in need for more black and minority ethnic foster carers in order to help us meet the needs for children in care.
Black children entering care need support to appreciate their cultural heritage and to learn how to cope should they face racism and discrimination. Black foster carers are often well placed to help children develop a sense of identity, pride and achievement, and to keep them in touch with their cultural heritage and history.
Foster Portsmouth’s pledge to all our looked after children and young people includes the vital promise “that your identity is important to us and you we will promise to help you with connecting to your heritage and history.” Working in partnership with our foster carers is crucial to this.
Thinking of fostering?
Enquire today by emailing us at email@example.com or calling 02392 834 071 to find out more about the assessment process.. Why not sign up for one of our virtual events to chat with a carer? You’ll have the chance to speak to carers from both fostering and supported lodgings about what it’s really like to support a child or a young person, all from the comfort of your own home!
Talking about race in the home is an important part of every child’s development, especially during Black History Month. For some excellent tools, head over to Instagram for @theblackcurriculum for easy to digest videos and resources. Or, check out Denise Lewis and Flora Awolaja’s book – Black Children in Care: Health, hair and skin.