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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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Recognising vital work of foster carers this Carers Week

Join us this Carers Week 6-12 June 2022 to recognise and raise awareness of the vital work of our foster carers and the need to recruit more in the area.   Our foster carers are dedicated and inspiring individuals and couples who believe in making a difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young … 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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Iconic buildings lit up for Foster Care Fortnight

Foster Portsmouth is marking Foster Care Fortnight (9-22 May) by lighting up iconic city buildings and flying their flag outside Portsmouth City Council’s Civic Offices for the first time.   The council’s fostering service will also be holding its spring drop-in foster carer recruitment event on Wednesday 18 May at the Spinnaker Tower in Gunwharf Quays from 7.30-9.30pm enabling visitors to enjoy … 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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Care Day 2022: “It takes a village to raise a child”

There is no better time to take the next step in your fostering journey than National Care Day this Friday, 18 February 2022.   Care Day, which carries the theme this year of ‘It takes a village to raise a child’, is a global celebration of the successes and achievements of children and young people … Continued

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Celebration of our LGBT+ foster carers

Foster Portsmouth will be marking LGBT+ History Month throughout February and LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week from 7 March 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.   We’re taking the opportunity this year to … 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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