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Fostering montageFoster carers look after most children in care in West Sussex. They make an incredible difference to children’s lives and we’ve included some real life stories of people who foster to give you an idea of what they do.

You can find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions and queries about fostering on the frequently asked questions page.

If you have any further questions, or would like to speak to someone about fostering, then please get in touch with us. You can do this by email, phone or text using our contact details below. We can either email or post our information pack to you.

Email Email: fostering.adoption@westsussex.gov.uk
Phone Phone: 033 022 27775
Text: Text FOSTER to 82228 and we will call you back


You can also visit our West Sussex video pages where you can find our film Fostering - the inside story.

If, having read the available information on this website, you feel ready to make a formal enquiry to foster, please complete the Fostering Enquiry Form, following which a member of the Fostering Recruitment Team will be in touch to discuss your enquiry. You can also download our foster carers' charter on the 'About fostering' page.

  • Find out how to contact us if you would like more information about becoming a West Sussex foster carer.
  • Foster carers are always needed in West Sussex. Could you handle it? We meet a family, and the teenage girl they foster, to find out what it's really like.
  • Come along and meet some of the County Council's Fostering Team and talk to those in the know, ask questions and discover more about what it takes to become a foster carer.
  • Long-term fostering provides children in care who are unable to return to their birth parents with a stable, secure environment until they reach a minimum age of 18 years . Find out more about long-term foster care, and what it takes to become a long-term foster carer.
  • We have a duty to make thorough checks about potential foster carers. Find out how we assess potential foster carers here.
  • Every child in need of foster care is different - as are foster carers. Find out whether you might be able and suitable to foster.

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