Change a life with foster care

Local children need local foster carers


Fostering

About

About

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.

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COVID-19

COVID-19

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.

Nikki's story

Nikki's story

Nikki and her family decided to foster after her role as a sessional worker brought her into contact with vulnerable children.

Nikki’s own son was very young when they made the decision to foster. Now a teenager, he’s played an important role in helping the children feel secure in their new arrangement and has provided a protective, brotherly influence.

“He’s played more of a part than he realises,” Nikki says. “He has grown up more aware of the inequalities of life and it has made him a better person.”

Although you don’t have to have your own children to foster, childcare experience is essential, and Nikki recognises the importance of having a good support network.

“I have a really big community of other foster carers around me, some of whom we met all those years ago on our Skills to Foster training. And our social work support has been fantastic.”

Nikki and her family have supported a number of children over the years – many of whom they are still in touch with.

“We can be proud that their time with us allowed them to move on and make good attachments elsewhere.”

Nikki is now passionate about fostering and often speaks at West Sussex County Council’s fostering information events about her role.

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


Further reading

  • Fostering with West Sussex

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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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