New Year New You: Give A Child Or Young Person A Better Future
The council’s fostering service, Foster Portsmouth, is holding a major fostering recruitment event at the Holiday Inn Express in Farlington (Eastern Road, PO6 1UN), on Saturday 27th January, 10am – 1pm.
This is the ideal event for anyone considering becoming a foster carer, where you can have a chat with the fostering team and some of our foster carers.
There are numerous types of fostering available to suit those who want to foster as a full-time career, or foster whilst continuing to work. The council needs foster carers to provide guidance and direction to children of all ages, and especially teenagers, to be the role model and inspiration they need. The rewards of changing a child’s life and helping them have a positive future are truly fantastic.
Foster carers come from all walks of life, and receive around £165-£550 a week per child in their care (some of which goes towards food, clothes, toys, savings etc for the child).
If you don’t feel you can foster full or part-time, you could simply provide a spare room and around 10 hours of support per week to a vulnerable 16–24 year-old, through our Lodgings Plus scheme.
Lodgings Plus providers receive over £750 a month for providing a 16-24 year old with accommodation, daily meals and around 10 hours a week support with things like helping them learn to cook, apply for jobs, college, university and generally helping them learn to live independently, and is an ideal option for those wanting to combine fostering whilst in other employment.
For anyone considering adopting a child, the Portsmouth Adoption Service, along with families who have already adopted children, will also be at the event to share their experiences and answer your questions. The council needs adopters for children of all ages, especially aged 3+ and sibling groups.
We provide excellent support and training for all fostering options, and for those considering adoption, and are particularly keen to hear from people with childcare experience, experience of working with young people or people with disabilities, whether personal, professional or voluntary.
You can foster or adopt regardless of age, ethnicity, whether you are single or married, or whether you own or rent your own home (a spare room is essential).
For more information on fostering in general, please:
– Visit: foster.portsmouth.gov.uk
– Email: fostering
– Call: 023 9283 4071
For more information on adoption in general, please:
– Visit: adoption.portsmouth.gov.uk;
– Email: adoptioncentre
– Call: 023 9287 5294