Could you give a child a brighter future?

We urgently 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 information tables and events

Come along to one of our fostering information stalls:

  • Wednesday 23 August 2017, Fareham Shopping Centre, PO16 0PQ, 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday 26 August 2017, Southampton Pride, Southampton Guildhall, SO14 7LP, 11am- 8pm
  • Saturday 9 September 2017, Romsey Show, Broadlands Park, Romsey SO51 9LQ. 8am- 6pm

Come along to one of our fostering information sessions at the Civic Centre, Southampton SO14 7LY. Find out what is takes to be a foster carer!

  • Friday 15 September 2017, 10am - 12 noon
  • Wednesday 18 October 2017, 6:30pm - 8pm

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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