Drop-in sessions for prospective foster parents

A YEAR-long recruitment campaign of monthly drop-in sessions for prospective foster carers has been organised by West Sussex County Council.

The first session of the year is at Horsham Library on Wednesday 18 January from 10am to 4pm.

These informal drop-in sessions give people a chance to talk to existing foster carers and members of the fostering team to allay fears and answer any questions people may have.

Foster carers provide security and stability to children when they need it the most, allowing them a chance to develop and flourish in a safe, secure environment. Every child who has to come into care has its own emotional needs, history and personal circumstances. West Sussex County Council strives to match foster carers with their own unique skills and experiences to them.

Local foster carer Christina Taylor said: “My husband and I always wanted to do something worthwhile with our lives and that’s why we became foster carers.

“We are not ‘special people’ or smug about what we do. We keep fostering because it is so wonderful to see the impact and changes in a child when they come into our home and start to feel safe and secure.”

Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Peter Evans, said: “To provide the highest standard of care, West Sussex County Council does its very best to match West Sussex children needing care to West Sussex foster carers.

“Children thrive on familiarity so our approach also means children and young people who need care stay close to their school, friends, people and places they know.”

West Sussex County Council makes sure a full package of training and support is provided to all its foster carers to meet the needs of the children and young people they care for.

The drop-in sessions will be held throughout the county, and more details on future events can be found at www.westsussex.gov.uk/fostering, or by calling 01403 229333.