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Call for more foster carers
1:00pm Monday 16th September 2013 in New Forest News
HAMPSHIRE is struggling to recruit enough foster carers to help support and nurture some of the county’s most vulnerable children.
A county council spokesman said: “There are 1,150 children in care in Hampshire and there are 807 in different forms of foster care.
“Because of continuing demand in the numbers of children looked after, and also to replace foster carers that are likely to retire or leave for other reasons, the county council is looking to recruit at least 80 to 100 additional foster carers.”
A survey of people in the region found 62 per cent mistakenly think over-55s will not be approved as a carer and more than a third believe you need to remain in full-time employment and are unaware that carers are given financial support.
A third of people are also under the assumption that if you are gay you cannot foster.
Anyone interested in becoming a foster carer can contact Hampshire County Council on 0845 6035620 or go to www.hants.gov.uk/fostering.
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