West Sussex County Council holds an all-day drop-in event about fostering on Thursday March 13th at Worthing Library from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.
People will have the chance to speak to members of the County Council’s fostering team, ask questions and find out more about what being a foster carer involves.
Tracey, from the Worthing area, has been a foster carer for more than eight years.
She said: “Fostering becomes part of your whole existence and it does affect your whole family.
“It is challenging and you – and your family – have to really want to do it, but if it is for you, then the rewards outweigh the challenges.
“As parents, we thought we had plenty of experience in raising children but it’s not the same – the children you foster often have different needs and have been through very different experiences than your own children.
“It takes time for them to learn how to trust you, but it is worth it.
“Information and advice is available from family placement workers and social workers can make referrals to outside agencies, such as speech, language and CAMHS therapy/counselling, if they are needed for the child.
“To be part of their life and to have a chance to make a positive difference to their lives is brilliant. It’s very rewarding.”
Foster carers 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.
Foster carers receive a comprehensive support package from the Council, including on-going training and financial allowances to meet the needs of the children and young people in their care.
Find out more about fostering on the West Sussex County Council website or phone 033 022 27775.