Calling potential foster carers

WEST Sussex County Council is taking part in a national drive to find foster carers.

Foster Care Fortnight runs this year from Monday, May 14 to Sunday, May 27.

Foster carers can come from all walks of life and 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 types of fostering.

The county council is holding a fostering drop-in session in West Sussex during Foster Care Fortnight. The informal drop-in session are a chance to talk to members of the fostering team and ask any questions.

The event is taking place from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday, May 22, at Chichester Library, Tower Street, Chichester, PO19 1QJ.

Cabinet member for children and families, Peter Evans said: “Foster carers give children the chance to develop and flourish in a safe, secure environment.

“We don’t just need people to be good parents, we’re looking for people who are patient, energetic, with a good sense of humour and who will treat children and young people as individuals.

“We aim to try and place children with foster carers in their local area, so they can continue to stay close to their school, friends, people and places they know.

“We are always on the lookout for new foster carers to come forward. Being a foster carer is very rewarding and is a chance to help support children and young people in our care.”

Foster carers receive a comprehensive support package from the council, including ongoing training and financial allowances to meet the needs of the children and young people in their care.