Find out more about becoming a foster carer at drop-in event

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THERE is a chance to find out more about becoming a foster carer at an event tomorrow.

The information evening, organised by Portsmouth City Council, will give people the opportunity to find out about the different types of foster care provided and the assessment process.

Speakers will include foster carers and young people who have lived with foster families.

The event, which is being supported by Faith in Football and Portsmouth Football Club, will be opened by former Pompey staff Linvoy Primus.

He said: ‘We are delighted to support any initiative which centres on the wellbeing of children in our city, particularly those who are vulnerable.’

‘I encourage people who wish to find out more about fostering and the possibilities for changing children’s lives to attend.’

The city council has organised the event in the hope of recruiting more foster carers in the city as there is a shortage.

Council leader Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson said: ‘We urgently need more carers for Portsmouth children.

‘I encourage you to come along to the drop-in event to ask any questions you may have about becoming a foster carer so you can decide if it is something for you.’

The city’s fostering services need a range of foster carers to offer placements to children, from babies through the teenagers, and for those who need long-term care, short-term care and emergency placements.

Anyone can apply to be a foster carer regardless of marital status, sexuality or residential status.

The fostering event will take place at The Chimes Lounge at Portsmouth Football Club tomorrow from 6pm to 8pm.

For more information visit fosterportsmouth.co.uk or call (023) 9282 9846 for a free information booklet.