Change a life with foster care

Local children need local foster carers




We need more foster carers in West Sussex.

Fostering change the lives of vulnerable children, who need a safe, secure and loving environment.

There are many reasons these children are no longer able to live with their families and we need support for children of all ages for both short term and long term care.

We also need foster carers for specialist placements like parent and child, children with additional needs or asylum seeking and migrant children.

In return, we provide local support, regular training and a competitive fostering allowance.

If you think you can provide a loving home for a child that needs it we would love to hear from you.

Join us at one of our fostering information evenings which take place once a month in locations all around West Sussex. 

Alternatively give us a call on 033 022 27775 or fill in our short enquiry form.

Follow us on our WSCC fostering Facebook and WSCC fostering Twitter pages for updates on our fostering service.

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We are still taking enquiries despite the coronavirus pandemic and can progress applications for potential new foster carers. Our teams are continuing to try and place children with foster families and would love to talk to you about becoming a foster carer. 

Once a month we would normally arrange an information session that you can attend to find out more about the fostering process. Due to current social distancing restrictions we have created an online version of the session that you can watch online

Why foster with us?

Why foster with us?

In West Sussex we put our children in care first, and finding local foster carers for them is really important.

Placing our children in care with foster carers in West Sussex allow them to continue to attend school and maintain links with their families.

Our foster carers benefit from:

  • Being part of a fostering service which works to the ground-breaking secure base model.
  • Support from highly skilled and experienced social workers, with regular one-to-one supervision.
  • An exciting new training package tailored to your needs – including access to secure base training.
  • A competitive financial package and access to local leisure discounts.
  • Out of hours support - so you are never left alone to cope with difficult situations.
  • Membership of The Fostering Network.
  • Membership of our foster carers’ association – which provides help and days out for local foster carers and their families.
  • Support groups which run regularly across the county.
  • Specialist links to therapeutic intervention services.
  • A counselling service which is there if you need it.

Case Studies

Case Studies

Kim and Richard

Kim and Richard decided to foster once their children had flown the nest. Richard said: “It was a big decision, I had all those feelings of do we really want to do this. But looking back it’s been such a rewarding time of our lives. You can give something to these children who are desperate for a home.”

Dawn and Steve

Dawn and Steve have been fostering for well over a decade. Dawn said: “Over that period of time we’ve fostered a lot of young people.  We’ve seen them do well in college and go on to have their own families and that’s been very rewarding.”

To find out more about which type is right for you see our types of fostering page.

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Contact us

To find out more you can contact our dedicated Fostering team for an informal chat.

You can also complete our online enquiry form and we will contact you to discuss your enquiry further.

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