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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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‘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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Head shot of foster carers Tony & Patsy smiling at the camera side by side in the sunshine

Tony’s story: “I wanted to replicate the experience I had”

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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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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 The Fostering Network’s Children of Foster Carers’ Month this October.   12-year-old Tilly from Southsea, whose parents have provided long-term fostering for over three … Continued

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Fact check: could my religious or cultural background stop me becoming a foster carer?

Fact check: could my religious or cultural background stop me becoming a foster carer?   Absolutely not. Our main priority is to find foster carers who, regardless of religious or cultural background, can provide a safe, stable, and loving home to a vulnerable child in need of care.   Portsmouth is an incredibly diverse city, … Continued

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What to expect during a foster carer assessment process

  What can you expect during a foster carer assessment?   Whether you’re preparing to undertake a foster carer assessment or thinking about becoming a foster carer and researching to get yourself prepared, we understand you might feel nervous or apprehensive about this step.   If you apply to become a foster carer with Foster … Continued

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World Social Work Day: Celebrating our Social Workers

    Foster Portsmouth and Portsmouth City Council are celebrating our own dedicated social workers this World Social Work Day 2022 on 15 March.   The event celebrates the social work profession and its contribution across the world. This year focuses on the theme: ´Co-building a New Eco-Social World: Leaving No One Behind´. The theme … Continued

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