Fostering a child or young person is one of the most challenging and rewarding things you can do. It is a way of providing a family life for children who cannot live with their own parents.
It is often used to provide temporary care while parents get help sorting out problems or to help children or young people through a difficult period in their lives.
Often children will return home once the problems that caused them to come into foster care have been resolved and that it is clear that their parents are able to look after them safely.
Others may stay in long-term foster care, some may be adopted, and others will move on to live independently.
If you are interested in becoming a foster carer then please go to the Southampton City Council website for further information.
Adoption is a way of providing a permanent home and family to a child who can't be brought up by their own family.
Adopt South is a new Regional Adoption Agency formed through the partnership between Southampton City Council, Hampshire County Council, Isle of Wight Council, Portsmouth City Council.
If you would like to transform a child's life and feel adoption is for you or would like advice and support on any of the following:
- You are an adoptive parent(s)
- You want your child to be adopted
- You were adopted
- Your child/relative was adopted and you want to get in touch with them
Then please go to the Southampton City Council adoption pages for information about Adopt South and more.