Brother and sister need a foster home

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FAMILIES are being asked to come forward if they could provide a long-term foster home for a brother and sister.

Portsmouth City Council’s fostering team is trying to keep the pair together.

Both have recently been diagnosed with chromosomal abnormalities which are linked to learning difficulties.

They are a three-year-old boy, who loves anything mechanical, and his five-year-old sister, who enjoys crafts and trampolining.

A council spokeswoman said the pair have both been making fantastic progress in their current foster placement but need a long-term home. She said the fostering team were keen to keep the brother and sister together.

The spokeswoman said: ‘If you have two spare bedrooms and the ability to provide a long-term home, then please get in touch for an informal chat about the children.

‘Separate homes will also be considered but ideally we would like to keep them together.’

The council is also looking for people to provide foster homes for children with disabilities or high level autism.

The team is asking anyone with the space and the skills to help out to get in touch. People can become foster carers if they are over 24 years old, have a spare room and are able to have the commitment and time to care for a child or young person.

This is regardless of their marital status or sexuality, whether they own their home or rent.

Applicants are welcome to apply to the city council as long as they live in the Portsmouth area.

Anyone who is interested can contact Portsmouth City Council’s fostering team on (023) 9237 4879.