Could you give a child a brighter future?

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

We are currently offering a welcome grant to all new foster carers. Please see the terms and conditions or call us on 0800 5 19 18 18 for more information.

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.

  • Wednesday 14 February 2018, Portswood Library SO17 1NG. 10am-1pm
  • Wednesday 20 December 2017, Paultons Park SO51 6AL. 10am-1pm (Usual admission prices apply)

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

  • Tuesday 9 January 2018, 10am

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.

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