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Give a Child a New Start This New Year

Author: A promotion on behalf of Foster Portsmouth Published: 17th January 2019 17:00

Portsmouth City Council are holding a New Year drop-in event for those thinking about adopting a child or becoming a foster carer, inviting them to find out more on Saturday 26th January, 10am - 1pm at the Holiday Inn Express in Farlington, PO6 1UN.

The council are keen to recruit more adoptive families and foster carers to provide caring homes, guidance and support to children of all ages in Portsmouth.

The fostering and adoption teams will be on hand at the event to provide further information and answer any queries. There's no need to book, just turn up on the day for a friendly and informal chat. Current families will also be present to share their experiences of the adoption process and talk about how fostering and adoption has changed the lives of the young people in their care.

There are numerous fostering and adoption opportunities available, from short to long term placements to permanent and stable arrangements. If you have a spare room, you can foster or adopt regardless of your ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, whether single or part of a couple, or whether you own or rent your own home.

Portsmouth City Council offer excellent levels of training and support to their carers and adopters and have a reputation for achieving positive outcomes for the children in their care. They currently need adopters for children of all ages, especially those aged 3+ and sibling groups. They also need respite foster carers and foster carers for unaccompanied asylum seeking children in the city.

Cllr Rob Wood, Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: "For children in care the New Year is a time of uncertainty; unsure of what their future holds which must be very daunting. We would love nothing more than to give the city's most vulnerable children and young people a stable and loving home, but we need to recruit more foster carers and adoptive families in order to achieve this. This New Year you could give a child a better future, and I would urge anyone considering fostering and adoption to come along to the event and chat to our knowledgeable and friendly team."

For more information on adoption in general, please contact the Portsmouth Adoption Service on 023 9287 5294, visit www.adoption.portsmouth.gov.uk, or email adoptioncentre@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

For more information on fostering in general, please contact the Fostering Recruitment Team on 023 9283 4071, visit www.foster.portsmouth.gov.uk or email fostering@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

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