Fostering drop-in session

AS PART of Foster Care Fortnight (until May 29), West Sussex County Council is holding a fostering drop-in session at Crawley Library on Saturday May 28 from 10am to 4pm as part of a recruitment drive to sign up more carers.

These informal sessions give people a chance to chat to existing foster carers, like Babs Bower, and members of the highly experienced team, to allay fears and answer any questions people may have about fostering.

Local foster carer, Babs says: “I’ve been a foster carer for under-fives and sibling groups for over 30 years and I still enjoy it. Over the years I have cared for over 100 children; each one of them have been individuals with their own particular needs.

You don’t have to be a certain age or type of person to foster but you do need to be firm, fair and have patience. You have to treat these children as special because they are.”

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.