NEXT week there will be a week-long drive by Portsmouth City Council to recruit new foster carers.
It says that every five days a child in the city needs a foster home – whether it’s an emergency overnight placement, a stay for a few days or a longer arrangement.
At the start of National Foster Care Fortnight, which begins on Monday, May 14, the city council is opening a pop-up shop in the Cascades Shopping Centre, in Commercial Road, as a way of bringing fostering to the high street and recruiting new carers.
The Foster Portsmouth pop-up shop will open from 9am to 5.30pm from Monday, May 14 to Friday, May 18 and from 9am to 12.30pm on Saturday, May 19.
People will be able to drop in and chat to the recruitment team and foster carers about the realities of fostering and the assessment process.
A spokeswoman for the city council said: ‘We need more people to come forward to offer their homes to Portsmouth children, from babies through to teenagers.
‘Apart from the enormous rewards of the role, they offer excellent allowances, mentoring, training and development, high-quality supervision and networking, including out-of-hours support.’