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Find out more about fostering at our Hedge End event

Friday, 11 July 2014

Hampshire County Council's fostering recruitment team will be at Hedge End Retail Park on Tuesday 15 July, 10am-2pm, to share information and advice about fostering. They will be joined by local foster carers, who will share their experiences and answer any questions.

Councillor Keith Mans, Executive Lead Member for Children's Services at the County Council, said: "There are a number of reasons why a child may, for a period of time, be placed under the care of the County Council. Often this means living with a foster carer or family until they can be returned to their own home or, in some cases, until a more permanent care solution can be arranged.

"We always need all kinds of foster carers. Right now, we especially need foster carers who can look after older children and teenagers, children with disabilities or special needs, and sibling groups. I would urge anyone who is considering fostering to talk to our Fostercare team or to visit them at one of these events. Even if you aren't certain, they can provide information and advice to help you make the right decision for you. It's a decision that could change your life.

"Caring for our vulnerable young people is such an important task, and the hard work and dedication of our foster carers play an enormous role in ensuring these children have the safety and support they deserve, to help them develop into adulthood."

Fostering can be both short and long term and all foster carers receive professional training backed up by regular on-going support.

Hampshire Fostercare welcomes enquiries and applications from anyone over the age of 21 with either professional or personal childcare experience and a spare room. It doesn't matter if you are single, a couple, straight, gay or lesbian, living in your own home or living in rented accommodation. What matters is your ability to understand and care for children.

For more information about fostering with Hampshire County Council visit www.hants.gov.uk/fostering or call 0845 603 5620. You can also search Hampshire Foster Care on Facebook or follow @HantsFostercare on Twitter.

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