According to the Fostering Network, a further 9,070 foster
carers are needed in the UK. In Southampton foster carers are needed to
meet the needs of some of the most vulnerable children. If you think
fostering could be for you, there's a choice of upcoming information
sessions where you can learn more.
If you want to find out more about what
fostering involves, then you're invited along to one of Southampton City
Council's forthcoming fostering information sessions, where you'll be
able to meet staff members and foster carers, have your questions
answered and take away an information pack:
• Fostering stand: Wednesday 4 January 2017, 11am - 2pm, Bitterne Library
• Fostering stand: Wednesday 11 January 2017, 10am - 4pm, Asda Totton
• Fostering stand: Friday 13 January 2017, 4 - 9pm, Flip Out, Chandlers Ford
• Fostering information evening: Wednesday 18 January 2017, 6.30 - 8pm, Civic Centre, Southampton.
Councillor Paul Lewzey, Southampton City
Council’s cabinet member for Children’s Social Care, said: “In an ideal
world we would not require any foster carers, but unfortunately this is
not the case. There can be many reasons as to why a child will come in
to our care such as parental break-ups or parents suffering from
emotional or physical illness, so as a local authority we need to be
able to be prepared to offer these children a loving home.
“Southampton City Council foster carers provide stable homes for
children who can no longer live with their birth families and have come
into our care. Foster carers offer a supportive, caring and firm
foundation, enabling children and young people to move into the future
with confidence. Is this something you could do? If so, then we’d love
to hear from you.”
So what exactly is fostering?
The council says it takes many forms. Foster carers can provide care
in emergencies, caring for a child for just a few days, or perhaps over a
weekend to give the main foster carer a break, known as 'respite'
foster care. Or it can be for longer periods, sometimes throughout a
child's formative years up to the age of 21.
Whether it's overnight or for a number of years, foster carers can provide the support, stability and care a child needs.
Carers are offered training, 24-hour support, funding and more.
If you think fostering could be for you then you can find further information at Southampton.gov.uk/fostering, by emailing
or by calling 0800 5 19 18 18.