Portsmouth City Council's adoption service provides various services to adoptive families, adopted adults and their birth relatives, while Portsmouth children, from babies through to teenagers, need foster carers for long term, short term and emergency placements.

Could adoption be for you?

You can talk to us if you want to know more about adopting children from the UK or overseas - we welcome enquiries from married, unmarried or single people from all walks of life, and make a clear commitment not to discriminate unfairly on the grounds of age, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, sexuality or class.

Could you change a child's future? Have you ever thought of becoming an adoptive parent?

  • For more information, please visit the new Portsmouth Adoption Centre pages and find out about the children that need adopting, who can adopt, the process of adoption and much more.

Alternatively, contact Portsmouth adoption team:

Do you have the skills to foster?

For much more information on fostering, please visit our dedicated website Foster Portsmouth.

Private fostering arrangements

Private fostering occurs when a child under the age of 16 (or under 18 if they are disabled) is cared for and provided with accommodation for 28 days or more by an adult who is not a close relative.

Parents are required by law to notify the local council where their child will be living at least six weeks before an arrangement begins or within 48 hours of an emergency arrangement starting. 

The person who is going to look after them is also required by law to inform their local council within the same timescales. If someone else’s child is going to be living with you for 28 days or more and you are not a close relative, you have a legal duty to tell us.

The documents available to download below explain more about private fostering, and are aimed at parents and private foster carers, as well as children and young people.

For further information about private fostering, or to notify us about a private fostering arrangement, contact the private fostering team on 023 9268 8087.

Family and Friends Carers Framework

Please follow the external link to browse the Family and Friends Carers Framework.

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