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Growing up in foster care

Read Catherine’s story, in which she shares her personal experience growing up in foster care in Portsmouth.

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Foster carer Rob Cooke with daughter Lauren Crockford smiling in the sunshine in Foster Portsmouth running vests wearing their medals after completing the Great South Run

Team of 24 complete the GSR for Foster Portsmouth

A team of 24 foster carers, the children they care for, their birth children and families, staff members and supporters took part in the Great South Run’s 10-mile, 5km, junior and mini races on behalf of Foster Portsmouth last weekend.   Eleven foster carers, five children they care for, five of their birth children, two … Continued

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Part 2: Busting the top 9 myths on who can be a foster carer

There are many misconceptions about fostering. To dispel some of the more common ones, read the second part of our ‘Myth Busting’ blog.

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Black History Month

To reflect the children and young people we care for 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.   Black History Month shared on the official website earlier this year: “By addressing disproportionality, providing … Continued

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Could you be their hero too?

As we all at Portsmouth City Council celebrated Armed Forces Day with an action-packed day on Southsea Common, we wanted to also like to thank all our Armed Forces – serving, veterans and cadets – as well as the families who support them.   Many of the skills gained training or serving with the Armed … Continued

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Dispelling myths this Pride Month

Foster Portsmouth will be marking Pride Month throughout June and Portsmouth Pride on Saturday 10 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, and looking to dispel some of the remaining myths around who … 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 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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Spotlight falls on the search for new foster carers

Foster Portsmouth is once again marking Foster Care Fortnight (15-28 May) by lighting up iconic city buildings and flying their flag outside Portsmouth City Council’s Civic Offices.   The council’s fostering service will also be holding its spring drop-in foster carer recruitment event on Saturday 20 May at the Holiday Inn Express – Portsmouth North at Farlington … Continued

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Recognising vital work of foster carers this Carers Week

Join us this Carers Week 5-11 June 2023 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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