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What a Local Authority can offer you

Deciding to foster takes a lot of consideration, but we believe at Portsmouth City Council we offer a welcoming, professional and supportive fostering service to people interested in becoming foster carers and to our existing foster carers.

We recognise that support is vital and therefore give you lots of help along the way throughout your fostering career.

So why should you foster with us?

  • We’re a team. As part of the local authority Portsmouth Fostering Service works closely with the child’s social worker to place the child with the best match foster family for the child’s needs. Portsmouth foster carers are busy people whose services are used frequently so there are few gaps between any placements unless the foster carer chooses to take a break. Portsmouth foster carers are respected as part of the local authority ‘team around the child’ and play a vital role in making the right decisions for a child, right from the start of planning for the child’s future.


  • We’re here to help the child achieve. An important consideration in placing children is to try and keep them, where it is safe to do so, in a familiar environment. A child will be better able to cope with the stressful change of moving to live with a new family if they are able to continue their education in familiar surroundings and see their friends and family and keep doing their usual activities. This is much easier with a local placement in the local area, and that’s why Portsmouth City Council needs more foster carers in Portsmouth and surrounding areas to make sure children can stay local and have the best start in their lives.


  • We offer you a wide range of training. This is to help you support the children in your care and to enable you to progress and develop as a foster carer. Training is an important part of the support we provide and Portsmouth is committed to your on-going professional development.


Are you already fostering and considering a move from your current independent fostering agency or local authority?

If you are thinking of transferring to Foster Portsmouth get in touch and we will arrange an informal chat with you and together we will go through what is involved and discuss if transferring to Portsmouth City Council is a viable option for you

We understand that changing foster agencies is a big decision, which is why we make the process as straightforward as possible. When you transfer to a different fostering agency, you will need to go through an application and assessment process, much like when you first became a foster carer.

But as you’re already fostering, you’ll be fast-tracked through the system, meaning that transferring to us should be quick and easy. The process for transferring will be slightly different depending on whether or not you already have a child placed with you.

Either way throughout the transfer process we will work with you, your existing agency and the local authority for any children placed with you to make sure everyone understands what will happen, ensuring that any children or young people placed with you are fully supported. To ensure that all transfers are fair and safe we follow the Transfer of Foster Carers Protocol 2014 set up by The Fostering Network (

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