Who can foster?

Find out if you could be a foster carer.

1 Overview

  • Do you want to make a difference to a child in West Sussex?
  • Could you provide a safe, secure and loving environment and help them through a challenging time in their lives?
  • Do you have a spare room?

If so, you’re ready to start the journey to join our committed and supportive fostering community.

We are looking for people from diverse backgrounds, with a range of life experiences, to support local children who, for a variety of reasons, cannot live with their birth families.

Like the children they look after, our foster carers come from a wide range of backgrounds, cultures, religions and age groups.

  • There is no age limit to fostering.
  • We have lots of single carers.
  • You do not have to have your own children.
  • We welcome applications from the LGBT community.

What our foster carers share is a commitment and passion for making a difference to children’s lives; supporting them through challenges and change, and helping them achieve their potential.

Our Fostering Recruitment Team has recently expanded in order to recruit more foster carers across the county, so it is an exciting time to join us. We are delighted to see our numbers growing month on month!

“It is SO worth it! Please consider making that first call and start on the same adventure.”

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2 What's involved

Children may be placed with you on a short- or longer-term basis. As a foster carer, you will be working alongside social workers, other professionals and birth families to gain the best outcomes for the child.

You will be expected to do the usual parenting tasks and take the child to school and health appointments, attend school open evenings, buy clothes and school uniforms and help them with their homework. You will also need to attend meetings about the child and keep records of their stay with you. 

West Sussex foster carers are supported by locally based, highly trained, dedicated social workers. Please see our Training and support and Foster care allowances pages for details on the support package available to our foster carers.

If you are already fostering, we can help you to transfer to us.

3 More about fostering

Fostering means providing a safe, loving, nurturing home for children who are unable to live with their birth family. This could be on an emergency, short- or long-term basis. It may be because their parents need help and support through a difficult time, the child or young person is experiencing difficulties that their parents feel unable to manage, or it is unsafe for the child to remain at home due to neglect or abuse.

Although each child is individual and their story different, they will inevitably all have experienced loss and separation and will need your support to help them manage this.

As a West Sussex foster carer you may decide to specialise in a certain type of fostering. To find out which type is right for you see our page about the types of fostering.

4 What to do next

If you feel ready to take the next step on your fostering journey and would like to discuss this further, or make a formal enquiry, we’d love to hear from you. You can: 

Last updated:
8 April 2019

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