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 2019
In April the Southampton Foster Care Association hosted an Easter party for Looked After Children and their fostering families - nearly 200 people attended! Each child that came received an Easter egg. The children danced and enjoyed a buffet; they had a great time, which showed on their faces. The Association's committee members worked hard to ensure everyone had fun.
The Southampton Foster Carer Association recently held its fantastic annual Christmas party for Looked After Children, birth children and their families.
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.
Fostering Team Manager, Liz, said "It was a fantastic day and everyone enjoyed themselves greatly. A huge thank you to the Association for all the work they do every day to provide such fantastic events for the looked after children of Southampton."