Find out more about fostering and how you can become a foster carer at a drop-in session in Selsey next month.
West Sussex County Council is holding a year-long recruitment campaign of monthly drop-in sessions for prospective foster carers. The next session is on Tuesday September 18, from 10am to 4pm, at Selsey Library, School Lane, Selsey, PO20 9EH.
The informal drop-in sessions give people a chance to talk to members of the fostering team and ask any questions they have.
Steve and Sharon are from the Selsey area and have been fostering for eight years.
Sharon said: “It was an intense process to become an approved foster carer, which took about 11 months, but you understand why all the processes have to be gone through and it’s all worthwhile.
“We are Parent and Baby foster carers and we often have parents and babies coming to us straight from hospital. Our role is mostly to be alongside the parent and ensure their parenting is satisfactory. We are there to give advice and support.
“We get a lot of support from the County Council, and are always able to pick up the phone and call someone if we have a question or problem. Being a foster carer is very rewarding – you feel like you’re making a contribution to society, we thoroughly enjoy it.”
Cabinet Member for Children and Families Peter Evans said: “Foster carers like Steve and Sharon provide security and stability to children when they need it most, allowing them a chance to develop and flourish in a safe, secure environment. Every child who has to come into care has their own emotional needs, history and personal circumstances. The County Council strives to match foster carers with their own unique skills and experiences to them.
“We are currently looking for more foster carers in the Selsey area to come forward. Children thrive on familiarity, so our approach means children and young people who need care stay close to their school, friends, people and places they know.
“Being a foster carer is very rewarding and I would urge anyone who has considered becoming a foster carer, or who would like to find out more, to come along to the drop-in session.”
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.
Drop-in sessions are being held throughout the county, and more details on future events can be found at www.westsussex.gov.uk/fostering or by calling 01403 229333.