Could you give a child a brighter future?

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

Enquire about fostering 

Fostering events

Thinking about fostering? Come along to one of our fostering information stalls for an informal chat with the team.

  • Wednesday 20 June 2018, Paultons, 10am to 4pm. Usual admission prices apply.
  • Saturday 23 June 2018, Eid Festival, Hoglands Park Southampton, 12noon to 4pm. Free entry
  • Saturday 14 July 2018, Southampton Mela, Hoglands Park, Southampton, 12noon to 6pm. Free entry
  • Thursday 19 July 2018, ParkLife Cafe, St James's Park, SO15 5SD, 10am to 1.45pm

Find out more about fostering at one of our regular information sessions at the Civic Centre, Southampton SO14 7LY. No need to book, simply turn up.

  • Wednesday 11 July 2018, 2pm

Fundraising day

Teams from across the council came together recently to sing in support of an internal, teddy bear-themed fundraising day for the Southampton Foster Carers Association. We loved the results so much we had to share it!

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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