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

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Fostering events

Thinking about fostering? Come along to one of our events, chat to our friendly team and take that first step to becoming a carer.

Pop up information events

  • Saturday 27 April, St Mary's Stadium, Southampton 12noon to 3pm
  • Sunday 5 May, ABP Southampton Marathon, Watts Park, Southampton, from 7:30am
  • Tuesday 7 May, Lemana Cafe, High Street, Lymington SO41 9AD, 10:30am to 12:30pm
  • Tuesday 14 May, Asda Eastleigh, 10am to 2pm
  • Thursday 23 May, Shirley Library, 11:30am to 1:30pm

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.

Member - New Family SocialOur 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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