When you call the 0845 603 56 20 number, you’ll first reach HantsDirect, Hampshire County Council’s contact centre. The friendly Fareham-based team will ask how they can help you and then process your request for further information and send a DVD and information pack. If you would like to speak to a duty worker, they’ll put your call through to the recruitment team.
When you speak to the duty recruitment team, you will be asked some basic questions that will help us understand that the time is right for you to become a foster carer. If the time is right, we will then arrange for you to be visited at home by a social worker. This is an opportunity for you to talk through fostering, and gives you a chance to ask detailed and specific questions, as well as have a preliminary health and safety check on your home.
Hampshire County Council welcomes enquiries from those interested in fostering who live in Hampshire, and surrounding counties including Dorset, Wiltshire, West Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Southampton.
Hampshire County Council provides fostering services across all local and borough council’s in Hampshire including: Rushmoor Borough Council, Hart District Council, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Test Valley Borough Council, Winchester City Council, East Hampshire District Council, Havant Borough Council, Gosport Borough Council, Fareham Borough Council, New Forest District Council, Eastleigh Borough Council.
Foster carers are needed across the county of Hampshire and areas which border the county including. Hampshire needs foster carers in all areas including Ringwood, Andover, Romsey, Andover, Basingstoke, Fleet, Farnborough, Alton, Liss, Bordon, Farnham, Petersfield, Emsworth, Havant, Lymington, Totton, Mew Milton, Aldershot, Tadley, Hook, Whitchurch, Waterlooville, Hedge End, Totton, Hythe, Holbury, Fordingbridge, Ludgershall.
If you currently foster with another agency but would like to move to Hampshire County Council, you are welcome to enquire. In all cases of transfer between another agency or local authority, Hampshire’s fostering service follows the Fostering Network’s Transfer protocol.
This protocol is based on the assumption that carers have the right to freedom of movement between fostering services and the principle that in all circumstances the welfare of any child in placement must be paramount.