Hampshire has a fantastic fostering community and many of our foster carers have made lifelong friendships through fostering.
Hampshire Fostering Network
If you become a Hampshire foster carer you can become a member of Hampshire Fostering Network (HFN) who offer additional support, guidance and advice, as well as social activities and events. HFN is a charity which is run by Hampshire foster carers for Hampshire foster carers.
Local support groups
These are held regularly across the county so you can meet with other Hampshire foster carers and share experiences and learn from each other. Guest speakers are often invited to attend and many support groups run their own social events for their foster carers and families.
We invite foster carers to join us at recruitment events to share their experiences and encourage others to foster. We also involve our more experienced foster carers with helping to design and run our training courses for new and existing foster carers. Many of our foster carers also act as 'buddies' for those in assessment or newly approved.
We have even persuaded Hampshire foster carers to run for Team Fostercare in the Great South Run and Southampton 10k and half marathon.