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Could you give a child a brighter future?

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

Enquire about fostering form 

Fostering information tables

Come and meet staff members and foster carers at our next fostering information events. Have your questions answered and take away an information pack.     

  • Friday 5 February, 9:30am to 4:30pm, Asda Eastleigh superstore, Bournemouth Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO53 3YJ
  • Sunday 21 February, 9am to 12:30pm, Above Bar Church, 69 Above Bar Street, Southampton, SO14 7FE
  • Sunday 6 March, 11am to 3pm, Haskins Garden centre, West End, SO18 3HW.

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.

fostering@southampton.gov.uk
0800 5 19 18 18

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