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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 contact our Fostering & Adoption Recruitment Gateway.

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

If you would like more information about becoming a foster carer, please complete our fostering enquiry form and someone will contact you to discuss things further and arrange a home visit, if appropriate. 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.
  • 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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