West Sussex County Council is asking people from all walks of life to make a difference to a child’s life by considering fostering or adoption.
West Sussex County Council holds a special event for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people interested in becoming an adoptive parent or foster carer to find out more.
The open evening is being held on Tuesday March 11th from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm at Field Place, The Boulevard, Worthing.
It will provide a friendly and informal environment to meet the County Council’s fostering and adoption team to discuss any questions people may have about the adoption/fostering process – as well as meet people who have been through it.
Jenni* and Nicola*, from the Worthing area, recently became foster carers.
Jenni said: “We wanted children, but we wanted to be able to help more than one or two so fostering seemed like the best option for us.
“We’ve got our first placement now and it’s been brilliant.
“It isn’t easy and we’ve learnt a lot in the first few weeks, but it’s also been very rewarding to see how much he’s changed and how we’ve been able to help him.
“You really feel like you are achieving something.”
Peter Evans, County Council Cabinet Member for Children – Start of Life, said: “Foster carers and adoptive parents play an important role in giving vulnerable children or young people with a safe and loving home, at a time when they need it most.
“They can come from a variety of backgrounds. Every prospective parent or carer is treated with the same care and respect as they go through the adoption or fostering process – whatever their background, marital status or sexuality.
“We are looking for people who will be good parents, who are patient, energetic, with a good sense of humour and who will treat children and young people as individuals, whilst being able to maintain boundaries and provide the security our children need.”
Jenni added: “Despite being the only same-sex couple on our course, at no point did we feel as though we were being treated any differently – it was all very positive and easier than we expected.
“From visiting one of the library drop-in events right at the start of the process, we never felt uncomfortable. You just have to be open and honest from the start.”