Could you become a foster carer?

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Fostering

About

About

Here in West Sussex we are looking for more people who could make a difference to a young person’s life by becoming a foster carer.

We are currently investing in our Fostering Service so there’s never been a better time to join our fostering community.

Our foster carers provide vulnerable children, who are unable to live at home, with a safe, secure and loving environment and help them through a challenging time in their life.

We need people from a range of backgrounds to support children of all ages for both short term and long term care.

We also need foster carers who can specialise in supporting a parent and child in a foster placement or a child with additional needs. In return, we provide local support, regular training and a competitive fostering allowance.

If you would like to change a child’s life for the better, please get in touch.

We hold regular drop-ins and fostering information evenings, allowing you to come along and talk to our Fostering Recruitment team and local foster carers.

Please see our events page for more opportunities local to you.

Why foster with us?

Why foster with us?

Our children matter to us, and finding local foster carers is really important.

In West Sussex, we endeavour to find foster carers that live in the communities our children live in so they can continue to attend school and maintain links with their families.

Therefore, if you foster with us, you will be the first choice of foster carer for our children.

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.

Which type of fostering?

Which type of fostering?

There are different ways to get involved in fostering. The path you choose will depend on your current skills, experience and household and we will discuss this with you when you apply to foster.

As a West Sussex foster carer you will be encouraged to develop your skills with training and in time you may also decide to specialise in a certain type of fostering.

As a guide, here are the types of foster care we offer in West Sussex:

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

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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