There is an opportunity to find out more about fostering during an all day event at Broadfield Library next Monday (February 17).
Between 10am and 4pm West Sussex County Council is holding a drop-in session the library in Broadfield Barton.
It will provide people with a chance to speak to members of the county council’s fostering team and find out more about what being a foster carer involves.
Anna (not her real name) and her husband have been foster carers in West Sussex for around 18 months, predominately looking after teenagers in that time.
“It’s probably the best job I’ve ever had,” she said. “It sounds cheesy, but I feel so fulfilled.
“It isn’t easy, but I have felt very supported throughout the process and I’ve received a lot of training.
“If you try then I think you will amaze yourself at how much of a difference it makes.
“To see them grow and develop is wonderful. It’s incredibly rewarding.”
Debbie Kennard, county council deputy cabinet member for children – start of life, added: “Foster carers, like Anna, provide a safe and loving home to a child or young person at a time when they need it most.
“It is extremely worthwhile, but we know it is also a big step for people to make which is why we regularly hold these drop-in sessions across West Sussex.
“They provide an informal environment for people to pop in and speak to members of our fostering team.
“No question is ever too big or too small and the team is always happy to help.”
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 at www.westsussex.gov.uk/fostering or call 0330 222 7775.