Could you make a commitment to change lives?
West Sussex County Council needs more people to come forward and offer children and young people a safe and loving home in 2015 and beyond.
Foster carers come from all walks of life and can offer stable family environments to vulnerable children and teenagers when their own parents are unable to look after them.
Sarah is a foster carer in West Sussex, who has been fostering for around 10 years.
She said: “We started fostering when we had only one child left at home so we had a room to spare.
“Now, ten years later, we have never regretted that decision. These have been among the most rewarding and also the most challenging years of our lives!
“Every young person has had different needs and we have had great support from the County Council to help each one.
“The need for foster carers is huge! Please consider making that first call and start on the same adventure. It is so worth it!”
Peter Evans, County Council Cabinet Member for Children – Start of Life, added: “There are many reasons why a child or teenager may come into our care, but they all need the same things – stability, safety, security, love and understanding.
“Foster carers play an essential part in giving this to vulnerable children and young people when they need it most.
“Simply put - fostering changes lives, your own included.
“It isn’t easy but it is one of the most worthwhile things you can do.
“If you’ve ever considered becoming a foster carer, why not make it your resolution to find out more and make that step this year.”
Foster carers come from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. People from a variety of backgrounds can apply to foster, regardless of their marital status or sexuality.
Fostering can be either short or long-term and can range from just a few days to several years. There are also several different types of fostering.
To find out more about fostering, visit the website, phone 033 022 27775 or text ‘FOSTER’ to 82228 to receive a callback within two working days.