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Foster Portsmouth celebrates Black History Month

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We’re celebrating Black History Month this October by recognising the vital contribution of all our foster carers from the black, Asian and minority ethnic community.

 

Our foster carers come from all walks of life, and they all share the same commitment and motivation to make a positive difference to a child’s life. Foster Portsmouth welcomes all enquiries about fostering regardless of age, gender, faith, ethnicity, sexuality, and marital, residential or work status.

 

Children from the black, Asian and minority ethnic community entering foster care need the opportunity to celebrate their history and cultural heritage. They also require support to manage any racism and discrimination they may experience.

 

Foster Portsmouth’s pledge to our looked after children and young people includes the crucial promise: “Your identity is important to us, and we promise to help you with connecting to your heritage and history.” Working in partnership with our foster carers is critical to this.

 

To reflect the looked after children and young people 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. This includes more carers from the black, Asian and ethnic minority community so the children in our care may share as many aspects of their culture, religion and ethnic origin with their carers as possible, although we provide training so carers can support a child of any faith and ethnicity.

 

Can you open your heart to Portsmouth’s vulnerable children and young people? Why not join us at our forthcoming virtual event on Tuesday 16 November from 7pm: www.foster.portsmouth.gov.uk/events/.

 

Alternatively, contact our experienced fostering team online, on 023 9283 4071 or at fostering@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

 

To discover more about how Portsmouth City Council is celebrating Black History Month and the ‘Proud to be’ campaign which invites black and brown people of all ages throughout the UK to share what they are proud to be, please visit: http://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/…/com…/black-history-month/.

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