Safe, warm and loving homes are needed for children and young people throughout West Sussex.
That’s the message from West Sussex County Council as part of Foster Care Fortnight from Monday May 13th until Sunday May 26th 2013. Foster homes offer children and young people a stable family environment while their own parents are unable to look after them.
Stuart Gallimore, Director of Children’s Services at West Sussex County Council, said: “We try to place children with carers in their local area to enable them to remain close to their school and friends, as well as people and places they know.
“We are always looking for new foster carers from across the county to come forward.
“People from a variety of backgrounds can apply to foster, regardless of marital status or sexuality.
“But it is important that our carers have personal skills like patience, a good sense of humour, tolerance, energy and ability to treat children and young people as individuals.”
Foster carers receive a comprehensive support package from the County Council, including on-going training and financial allowances to meet the needs of the children in their care.
Former Worthing Mayor and adoptive parent James Doyle said: “As an adoptive parent, I know at first hand that foster carers are incredibly important to the development of a child placed in care.
“A good foster placement can give a child the stability to become emotionally and intellectually secure and confident, and it can be the vital first step towards adoption.
“ I’ve seen how rewarding it can be for the families who foster, and how children who have been fostered well prosper later in life.”
If you are interested in fostering and would like to find out more, please visit the County Council’s website for further information, or phone: 01403 229333.