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Could you give Alex the ‘huggles’ he craves?

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Foster Portsmouth is looking for a long-term loving foster home for five-year-old Alex*. Although Alex is an adorable, energetic young boy and has an amazing personality, Portsmouth City Council has not been able to find the right match of long-term foster carer for him yet.

 

Alex has experienced a lot of changes in his short life and now needs a foster family who can commit to him long-term, providing a secure, loving environment with clear, consistent boundaries in which he can flourish. He thrives on this kind of one-to-one attention, ‘loves to be loved’, and Alex can be extremely affectionate and empathetic.

 

His current foster carer, who has older children in the home preventing Alex from getting the full attention he now needs, shared: “He really makes you melt. When I was upset a few days ago, he brought me a cuddly toy to comfort me. He has such a great personality and is very loving. If he can find the right foster carers he can learn to trust, he’ll connect and continue to make real progress.”

 

Alex loves his football cards, Lego and Minecraft, as well as outside activities, though he has a tendency to go exploring alone so needs adult supervision to keep him safe. He also likes a bedtime routine with a story and lots of ‘huggles’. Alex made significant progress in the care of his short-term foster family, and he is also doing very well at school – where he receives one-to-one support – as he prospers with a full day of education.

 

When placing a child with a foster family, we consider a range of criteria to ensure the best match possible and secure its success. These include not only the age and gender of the child and those of the foster carer’s children, but also the number of children in the home, location, ethnicity and religion, as well as additional factors such as pets. However, the most important consideration is the individual needs of the child and a foster carer’s experience.

 

To fulfil his potential, Alex would now be best suited to a foster family where he is either the only child or alongside a much older child who would be happy to welcome him into their family. A good support plan is already in place for Alex and he is already part of one of the council’s Mockingbird support constellations which provides wraparound support. Foster Portsmouth also offer excellent training, support and allowances for all foster carers and their families.

 

Anyone aged 18+ with a spare bedroom could foster with Foster Portsmouth regardless of their age, gender, faith, ethnicity, sexuality, marital or work status, or whether they rent or own their own home.

 

The council welcomes all enquiries about fostering. This could be a short or long term placement for a child or siblings until they’re ready to live independently or be reunited with family, support for unaccompanied minors or children with a disability, supported lodgings to develop their independent living skills, parent and baby placements, or respite care.

 

If you think you could give Alex the ‘huggles’ he craves and indulge his love of the outdoors, or provide a loving home for a child like him, please fill in our contact form below, call 023 9283 4071 or email fostering@portsmouthcc.gov.uk .

 

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