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Fact check: can I foster as a single person?

There are many myths around foster care, one of them being that a foster family needs to be the traditional family unit and have both a mother and father at home. This isn’t the case with Foster Portsmouth, in fact, single foster parents are highly sought after.   If you’re single and thinking about fostering, … Continued

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Help us support unaccompanied minors this Refugee Week

Launched in 1998, Refugee Week (June 20-26) 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. In recognition of this and refugees’ resilience, this year’s theme is one of ‘healing’.   Many people seek sanctuary in Portsmouth due to … Continued

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Guide & empower vulnerable parents

A parent and child placement with Foster Portsmouth involves both a child and their birth parent (or parents) living with you in your home, usually on a short term basis. Some parents need a little additional support, advice and some supervision while they develop their parenting skills including feeding, routines and interaction with the child. … Continued

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Help children with additional needs thrive

Around seven out of 10 looked after children have special educational needs (SEN) compared with almost two in 10 of all children.   We need more foster carers for complex needs in the Portsmouth area so that children and young people with additional needs can be appropriately matched, they can thrive in a caring environment, … Continued

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Recognising vital work of foster carers this Carers Week

Join us this Carers Week 6-12 June 2022 to recognise and raise awareness of the vital work of our foster carers and the need to recruit more in the area.   Our foster carers are dedicated and inspiring individuals and couples who believe in making a difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young … Continued

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What to expect during a foster carer assessment process

  What can you expect during a foster carer assessment?   Whether you’re preparing to undertake a foster carer assessment or thinking about becoming a foster carer and researching to get yourself prepared, we understand you might feel nervous or apprehensive about this step.   If you apply to become a foster carer with Foster … Continued

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Iconic buildings lit up for Foster Care Fortnight

Foster Portsmouth is marking Foster Care Fortnight (9-22 May) by lighting up iconic city buildings and flying their flag outside Portsmouth City Council’s Civic Offices for the first time.   The council’s fostering service will also be holding its spring drop-in foster carer recruitment event on Wednesday 18 May at the Spinnaker Tower in Gunwharf Quays from 7.30-9.30pm enabling visitors to enjoy … Continued

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Unaccompanied refugee children seeking safety in Portsmouth

Due to instability in their home countries, the number of unaccompanied refugee children travelling to the UK and seeking safety in the Portsmouth area continues to rise.   These children, who are often fleeing war, disaster and poverty, have travelled hundreds of miles, have been separated from family through no fault of their own, and … Continued

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World Social Work Day: Celebrating our Social Workers

    Foster Portsmouth and Portsmouth City Council are celebrating our own dedicated social workers this World Social Work Day 2022 on 15 March.   The event celebrates the social work profession and its contribution across the world. This year focuses on the theme: ´Co-building a New Eco-Social World: Leaving No One Behind´. The theme … Continued

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“It’s amazing the difference you can make…”

  Keith and Nina from Denmead have fostered with us for five years. We caught up with them to discover how they’ve helped change the lives of vulnerable children. Here’s what Nina told us…   Why did you decide to foster? We knew friends that fostered with Foster Portsmouth, so we looked at the website … Continued

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