The time to foster is now

Local children need local foster carers


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.

It’s Foster Care Fortnight from 14 to 27 May and we’re appealing to people to consider becoming a foster carer and make a difference to a child’s life.

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’re out and about throughout the fortnight and would love to meet you to tell you more about this challenging yet inspiring role.

Find out when our drop-ins and fostering information evenings are taking place or simply give us a call or fill in our short enquiry form.

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.

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.

Although Nikki and her family have supported a number of children over the years and now have three siblings who are staying with them long term.

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 the 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.

Get in touch

Get in touch

To find out more about fostering, call us for an informal chat on 033 022 27775, or complete our short contact form.

Alternatively, why not pop along to one of our drop-in information events which are held regularly across the county.

Not quite ready to contact us? Why not follow us on Facebook or Twitter and read real stories from current foster carers on our blog.


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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