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Care Day 2022: “It takes a village to raise a child”

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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 with experience of care.

 

20-year-old Portsmouth care leaver Elyas shared recently, “My journey had so many complications and I was diagnosed with a learning disability. Now I have got my A levels. I went to college for 2 years, and I am studying Podiatry at the University of East London, so I’ll be a podiatrist soon hopefully.”

 

Elyas, who arrived in the UK as an unaccompanied minor, went on, “I proved to myself that I can do it and that one day you’ll be proud of yourself. I was dependent on other people for support, but soon I’ll be helping a lot of people in hospital myself. If I can do it through all these challenges, there isn’t anything that will stop you.”

 

Elyas’s achievements at college and now at university demonstrate the difference we can make to the lives of vulnerable young people by supporting their journey to independence.

 

Tony Allen, one of our foster carers is himself a care leaver. Tony’s wife, Patsy, commented last year: “Tony grew up in care for a lot of his life. We both know his carers and the difference they made to his life, so we always thought it was something we might consider too.”

 

Patsy continued, “Now, as foster carers ourselves, we see the impact we’re having on these children’s lives. It is our privilege to play some small part in making a difference.”

 

Patsy and Tony are also two of our Mockingbird ‘constellation’ carers. Foster Portsmouth are the south coast pioneers of the award-winning and sustainable foster care model which has been shown to provide significant benefits to the lives of looked after children and young people by normalising foster care, minimising placement disruption and building positive links with other families.

 

Elliot, a care leaver from Portsmouth, commented, “When I was looked after, I always enjoyed spending time with other looked after children. I think that all young people that are looked after deserve to be a part of a wider community. Being looked after can often make you feel secluded, so any stride towards the opposite of this could really change the way looked after children feel towards foster care as a whole.”

 

Care Day is a moment for children, young people and adults to unite in celebrating the rights and resilience of care experienced children and young people, their stories and their achievements.

 

In addition to our own support networks and services for care leavers, Foster Portsmouth supports local organisations and campaigns including the city’s Flying Solo charity which improves life opportunities for care leavers in the Portsmouth area.

 

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, a parent and baby placement, or respite care.

 

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.

 

Our foster carers receive excellent, local training and 24/7 assistance, including through our mentoring scheme and the Mockingbird Programme, and competitive fees and allowances.

 

There is no better time than now to change the life of a vulnerable child or young person.

 

To enquire about fostering with Foster Portsmouth, or to arrange a 1:1 with one of our experienced team or existing foster carers, please fill in our contact form below, call 023 9283 4071 or email fostering@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

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