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Keeping siblings together

Many of us have childhood memories of special occasions spent with siblings. The team at Foster Portsmouth believes that siblings should be kept together where possible, so they can still have those experiences whilst in foster care. However, we need more foster carers with room in their home and their hearts to make it possible. … Continued

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Foster carers Rachel & James

“Fostering has drawn us closer together…”

  We recently asked two more of our dedicated foster carers to share their experiences with us.   Rachel (39), a Pastoral Lead in Education Provision, and James (40), owner of a construction company, have been fostering with Portsmouth City Council for the past two and half years. Their young person arrived aged 15 and … Continued

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Unaccompanied minors Foster Carer Rachel Elkington

“Rachel has made me feel safe and loved…”

A new challenge…   After fostering with Foster Portsmouth for nearly 20 years, Rachel Elkington (47) decided she fancied a new challenge just over a year ago and started to foster three young unaccompanied minors who initially came to live with Rachel on an emergency basis when they arrived in Portsmouth seeking safety in the … Continued

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Fostering teens: “I’ve never looked back”

Over two thirds of children in our care are aged ten and over. This presents a pressing need to find additional foster carers for older children and teens who find themselves in need in our city.   Fostering teenagers is a unique opportunity to inspire the next generation. It is never too late to make … Continued

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Celebrating the vital role of children who foster

A birth child of foster carers plays a pivotal part in changing the lives of vulnerable children and young people, something Foster Portsmouth is proud to recognise and celebrate again during October’s Sons & Daughters Month.   11-year-old Tilly from Southsea, whose parents have provided long-term fostering for over two years, shared: “I would say … Continued

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Black History Month: Connecting to their history and heritage

To reflect the looked after children and young people in our city, we need additional foster carers from diverse backgrounds with the skills and experience to help children develop a positive sense of their own identity and pride. This includes additional carers from the black, Asian and ethnic minority community.   Foster Portsmouth provide training … Continued

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A stepping stone to independence…

Supported Lodgings is an arrangement whereby a young person aged 18-24 – in need of emotional support, encouragement and a safe, secure place to live – shares your home.   This could be a someone who is finding living alone challenging or a little overwhelming, is unable to remain with family, is in need of … Continued

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Could you give Alex the ‘huggles’ he craves?

Foster Portsmouth is looking for a long-term loving foster home for five-year-old Alex*. Although Alex is an adorable, energetic young boy and has an amazing personality, Portsmouth City Council has not been able to find the right match of long-term foster carer for him yet.   Alex has experienced a lot of changes in his … Continued

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“Fostering gave me another shot at life…”

The children in foster care who are in need of a loving, stable home environment are diverse, including the age at which they come to us.   Although Foster Portsmouth approve foster carers for children from birth to 18, many first apply with a set idea of the age of children they wish to care … Continued

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Rewards of caring for children with additional needs

Some children or young people in the Portsmouth area have disabilities or complex health conditions that result in their parent not being able to meet their needs and them requiring foster care.   Foster Portsmouth is always in need of carers that can offer the relevant experience to help care for these children and support … Continued

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