We urgently need more foster carers from Southampton and the surrounding Hampshire areas.
We are currently offering an additional grant to all new and existing mainstream 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 information tables and events
Come and meet staff members and foster carers at our next fostering information events. Have your questions answered and take away an information pack.
Hear our Fostering Information Presentation and have your questions answered:
- Wednesday 17 May 2017, 1pm to 3pm, Building 54, Room 5025, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton. In association with the University's Parents and Carers Network and UoS Pulse LGBT+ Staff Network
- Wednesday 17 May 2017, 6:30pm to 8pm, Civic Centre, Southampton
- Wednesday 7 June 2017, 10am to 12noon, Civic Centre, Southampton
8-21 May is Foster Care Fortnight.
Visit our information stand:
- Tuesday 9 May 2017, 10am to 4pm, Sainsbury's/M&S, Hedge End
- Wednesday 10 May 2017, 10am to 4pm, Asda, Eastleigh
- Tuesday 16 May 2017, 10am to 4pm, Whiteley Shopping Village
Already fostering? Transferring to Southampton is quick and easy.
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.
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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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