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Recognising vital work of foster carers this Carers Week

Join us this Carers Week 10-16 June 2024 to recognise and raise awareness of the vital work of our foster carers and the continuing need to recruit more in the Portsmouth area.   Our foster carers are dedicated and inspiring individuals and couples who believe in making a difference to the lives of vulnerable children … Continued

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Building a family life through fostering

Foster Portsmouth will be marking Pride Month throughout June by recognising the efforts of our foster carers from the LGBT+ community and their contribution to the care of vulnerable children and young people in the Portsmouth area.   As always, we’re taking the opportunity to also raise awareness of the national shortage of foster carers, … Continued

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A laughing foster carer Sally waters the garden with a little blond girl

“Flowers and plants flourish from year to year… just like them”

  “The children in my care enjoy quality time in the garden, from collecting snails at 1p a snail, to planting and watching flowers and plants flourishing from year to year… just like them.”   Foster carer Sally who, with husband Steve, has fostered for over 20 years continued: “We love our garden and see … Continued

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Foster Portsmouth roll out increased fees and allowances for foster carers

  After a recent review, Foster Portsmouth is pleased to have been able to uplift some of our foster carer skill fees and allowances.     Whilst their main motivation is making a difference to children’s lives, our foster carers naturally need to consider how they will be able to continue to manage their household … Continued

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Foster carer Ruth's spaniel Lola who helps children in their care settle in

We ‘paws’ to recognise the vital contribution of pets in our foster families

Foster Portsmouth ran a competition for its foster families throughout April’s National Pet Month. Foster carers were asked to nominate the, often indispensable, members of their fostering households for the contribution they make in supporting and welcoming the children in their care into their homes.   Foster carer Ruth, owner of competition winner Lola, shared: … Continued

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Join our ‘small but mighty’ fostering service

  Join our closeknit fostering community and we’ll support you from initial enquiry to foster family.   By providing our foster carers with the tools and support needed to succeed, at Foster Portsmouth we ensure the children and young people in their care have the chance to thrive and meet their potential. However, due to … Continued

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Fostering is a great service to humanity

Our foster carer Roland discusses why he became a foster carer, how he found the assessment process, and what he enjoys most about fostering.

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Marking Race Equality Week 2024

Diversity is welcomed and valued at Foster Portsmouth. Our foster families come in all forms. Just as every child is unique, every foster carer is unique too. However, they all share the same commitment and motivation to make a positive difference to a child’s life.   We marked Race Equality Week (5-11 February) by raising … Continued

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‘A Christmas to remember’ for children in our care

A celebratory event for the children in our care and their foster families was held at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in December. Children aged 5-17 years old took part in fun activities inside Action Stations helping provide them with a ‘Christmas to remember’.   Children who attended may not have had the support network around them … Continued

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Create memories next Christmas and beyond

  National trends have meant that it’s even more challenging to find new foster families to care for the vulnerable children and young people in Portsmouth who find themselves in need, particularly those who have the time and room to take in a sibling group.   Many childhood memories of Christmas consist of time spent … Continued

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