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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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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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Celebrating three spectacular decades as Supported Lodgings carers

The end of May saw two of our dedicated carers pass the hugely significant and spectacular milestone of 30-years providing Supported Lodgings.   Maria (63) & Rob Cross (64), who live in Fratton, have provided care for over 30 vulnerable young people from Portsmouth over the past three decades. These young people – who have … Continued

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Help children with additional needs thrive

Around seven out of 10 children in care have special educational needs (SEN) compared with almost two in 10 of all children.   We need more foster carers for children with complex needs in the Portsmouth area so that children and young people with additional needs can be appropriately matched, they can thrive in a … Continued

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Supporting unaccompanied children seeking refuge in Portsmouth

Launched in 1998, Refugee Week (which was marked between 19-25 June) raises awareness of the reasons why people seek refuge and provides an opportunity to celebrate community, mutual care and the human ability to start again.   Many people seek sanctuary in Portsmouth due to instability in their home countries including unaccompanied children seeking asylum … Continued

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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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John Lewis Christmas advert shines a festive light on the dedication of foster carers

The launch of John Lewis’s Christmas advert for 2022 successfully highlights the excellent work and caring nature of the nation’s foster carers.   The advert, entitled ‘The Beginner‘, is a truly distinctive Christmas message about caring for others, and emphasizes the amazing work foster carers do every day to ensure children and young people in … 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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