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“The atmosphere was something else!”

A team of 12 supporters, foster carers and one fostered young person took part on the Great South Run in October to help raise awareness of the need for more foster carers.   Clare Maker, one of our dedicated foster carers, reported: “What an experience! I doubted my ability to finish, but at the six … Continued

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Foster Care

Transform children’s lives

Portsmouth City Council’s foster carers will once again be ready to discuss both the rewards and the challenges with anyone considering fostering in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas at our virtual event from 7pm on Tuesday, 16 November.   Cllr Suzy Horton, Deputy Group Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education at Portsmouth … Continued

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The vital role of the children of foster carers

We’re recognising and celebrating the vital role the children of foster carers play in changing the lives of vulnerable children throughout this October’s Sons and Daughters Month.   Fostering naturally impacts their lives and can be challenging at times. They have to share their belongings and parents’ time, and cope with occasional challenging behaviour.   … Continued

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Black History Month

Foster Portsmouth celebrates Black History Month

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 … Continued

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Foster carers take on the Great South Run challenge

Foster Portsmouth has secured places in this month’s Great South Run for 10 of our dedicated foster carers and young people in their care.   The south coast’s biggest and best running event on Sunday 17 October 2021, will take in all the sights and sounds of Portsmouth. These include the naval base and historic dockyard with … Continued

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Foster Family

Make a difference to Portsmouth’s vulnerable children

Meet some of our dedicated foster carers and the Foster Portsmouth team this autumn to discover more about the challenges and rewards of fostering.   Portsmouth City Council is holding their first in-person foster carer recruitment event since Covid restrictions have been eased for people living in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas. The event, which … Continued

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Mockingbird Family Model of Foster Care

Pioneering Mockingbird Family Model constellation events

Our first ever Mockingbird Family Model ‘constellation’ have been enjoying their initial face-to-face events since the easing of restrictions, enabling the fostered children and young people in these families to meet, play and interact whilst their foster carers take some time to relax, share experiences and offer mutual support.   “The boys loved every minute of it … Continued

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We’ve got the energy to do activities with our foster children

By Patsy and Tony Allen     We were in our early 20s when we first started thinking about foster caring and had our first placement aged 22. We’re now 25 and 26 and have fostered two children and provided short stays (respite care) for three.   Being younger means we have the energy to … Continued

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How a new way of fostering will help foster carers and young people in care

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