Could you give a child a brighter future?

We need more foster carers from Southampton and the surrounding Hampshire areas.

Enquire about fostering form 

Fostering events

Thinking about fostering? Come along to one of our fostering information stalls for an informal chat with the team.

  • Saturday 24 February, Hampshire Pride, Elizabeth II Court, Hampshire County Council, Winchester, 2.30pm-5pm
  • Tuesday 6 March, Modern Families, Solent University, East Park Terrace. Find out more about Modern Families and book a place
  • Wednesday 7 March, Shirley Library, SO15 5LL. 10am - 1pm
  • Fostering and Adoption Open Day - Saturday 10 March, Holiday Inn Eastleigh, SO50 9PG, 10am to 2pm

Find out more about fostering at one of our regular information sessions at the Civic Centre, Southampton SO14 7LY

  • Tuesday 13 March, 10am
  • Tuesday 10 April, 6.30pm

Singing the praises of foster care

ChoirTo raise awareness of the need for more foster carers, the SingForce and Sing Now Choirs, directed by Dan Cooper and Jack White respectively, gave a performance of ‘Ready for Love’ on the steps of the O2 Guildhall, Southampton.

Watch the performance here

What is fostering?

Foster carers provide stable homes for children who can no longer live with their birth families. Young people who come in to the care of Local Authorities come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Ranging from new-born babies to teenagers, they all have different reasons for being in care.

Our foster carers offer a warm, caring and firm foundation, enabling children and young people to move into the future with confidence.

Could this be you? YouTube video

We use the word 'carer' because fostering involves more than being a substitute parent. The main difference is that many fostered young people will return to live with their own parents.

Our careful matching service means that we will consult you before we make a placement and we never encourage you to look after a young person if it does not meet your circumstances.

As a foster carer, you will also work as part of a professional team. This team includes social workers, doctors, teachers and therapists, as well as the birth family.

Why foster for Southampton City Council?

If you are interested in finding out more please see our start fostering page.

Once we receive your enquire about fostering form we will call you to arrange an initial screening visit in your own home.

Enquire about fostering form

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