Once approved as a foster carer you automatically become a member of the Southampton Foster Carers' Association (SFCA).
The SFCA is an independent organisation run by the city's foster carers and is a registered charity (Charity number: 1137351).
The association offers activities and social events for fostering families and the children in their care. It gives additional help to foster carers with monthly support groups in two regions of the city. The SFCA also provides newly approved foster carers with 'buddies' - putting them in contact with experienced carers who can offer advice and support when needed.
They organise annual events including fun days, barbecues, discos, day trips, a Halloween party and a Christmas grotto.
If you would like to help them to fund raise or would like to donate then please contact Southampton City Council's fostering service on freephone 0800 5 19 18 18.
Easter Disco 2018
In March the Southampton Foster Care Association held their annual Easter Disco for Southampton Looked After Children and their foster carers. This popular event was oversubscribed with over 200 people in attendance. Everyone worked hard on the wonderful food, the décor, the fantastic raffle prizes and each child received a large Easter egg. As always, the disco was a big hit with all the children!
Service Manager Dorenda said: 'It was lovely to see so many of our foster carers and watching the children's faces and knowing that, for some they were seeing siblings in a relaxed and enjoyable setting, was a joy."
The Southampton Foster Carer Association recently held its fantastic annual Christmas party for Looked After Children, birth children and their families.
During the two sessions, 12.30pm and 4.30pm, the children were treated with a visit to see Father Christmas and his elf helper in his magical grotto, complete with reindeer and sleigh. They also enjoyed a disco with fun games, and hot dogs to eat as well as a raffle and toy stalls for the children to buy things.
Jane White, Service Lead, said "It was lovely to see all the children so excited at the party. They really enjoyed themselves, as did the foster carers. A huge thank you to the Association for organising the event, I know a lot of work goes into it."