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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 D-Day 80 earlier in June and now marking the national Armed Forces Day on 29 June, at Foster Portsmouth we also would like to take the opportunity to thank all our Armed Forces – serving, veterans and cadets – as well as the families who support them. … 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 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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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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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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