West Sussex County Council will be holding a drop-in event for people who would like to learn more about fostering.
Members of the county fostering team will be at Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, on Tuesday September 17, from 10am until 4pm, to answer questions.
The aim of the session is to provide an insight into what being a foster carer involves.
Nikki, from the Crawley area, has been a foster carer for three years.
She has found it to be a rewarding experience, not only for herself and her foster children, but for her own family.
She said: “I’ve always been passionate about helping children and fostering was one way I could do that.
“I have two children of my own and I think fostering has helped them grow in a number of way. It has increased their world view and made them realise not every child has the same life or opportunities that they are given.
“It’s helped them to improve their patience, awareness and generosity and generally developed them into much more well-rounded individuals.
“Fostering is not easy, but it is very fulfilling.”
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 different types of fostering.
Cllr Peter Evans, county council Cabinet Member for Children – Start of Life, said: “Foster carers provide a safe and loving home to children at a time when they need it most.
“Being a foster carer is extremely rewarding and I would urge anyone who has considered becoming a foster carer to come along to the drop-in session.
“No question is ever too big or too small and the fostering team will always be happy to help you find out more.”
n If you are interested in fostering and would like more information, log on to www.westsussex.gov.uk/fostering or call 01403 229333.