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Fact check: can I foster as a single person?

There are many myths around foster care, one of them being that a foster family needs to be the traditional family unit and have both a mother and father at home. This isn’t the case with Foster Portsmouth, in fact, single foster parents are highly sought after.   If you’re single and thinking about fostering, … Continued

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Help us support unaccompanied minors this Refugee Week

Launched in 1998, Refugee Week (June 20-26) 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. In recognition of this and refugees’ resilience, this year’s theme is one of ‘healing’.   Many people seek sanctuary in Portsmouth due to … Continued

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Guide & empower vulnerable parents

A parent and child placement with Foster Portsmouth involves both a child and their birth parent (or parents) living with you in your home, usually on a short term basis. Some parents need a little additional support, advice and some supervision while they develop their parenting skills including feeding, routines and interaction with the child. … Continued

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Help children with additional needs thrive

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

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Unaccompanied refugee children seeking safety in Portsmouth

Due to instability in their home countries, the number of unaccompanied refugee children travelling to the UK and seeking safety in the Portsmouth area continues to rise.   These children, who are often fleeing war, disaster and poverty, have travelled hundreds of miles, have been separated from family through no fault of their own, and … Continued

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“It’s amazing the difference you can make…”

  Keith and Nina from Denmead have fostered with us for five years. We caught up with them to discover how they’ve helped change the lives of vulnerable children. Here’s what Nina told us…   Why did you decide to foster? We knew friends that fostered with Foster Portsmouth, so we looked at the website … Continued

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Supported Lodgings set them up for success

If you’re over 21, have a spare bedroom and can support a young person aged 18-24 as they leave care and learn independent living skills, you could be a Supported Lodgings carer.   Tamara and Menno Groen have provided Supported Lodgings for vulnerable young people in the Portsmouth area for four years. Tamara’s advice to anyone considering … Continued

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First anniversary of pioneering fostering programme

As the south coast pioneers of the Mockingbird Programme, Foster Portsmouth are proud to be celebrating the first anniversary of the launch of their first ‘constellation’ this January.   42 children and young people in foster care in Portsmouth and the surrounding area benefit from the Mockingbird Programme, an award-winning and sustainable foster care model … Continued

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