Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

More foster carers needed – especially from ethnic minorities

West Sussex County Council needs to recruit more foster carers – especially those from different ethnic groups. This is because one in six children who have come into the Council’s care this year are from ethnic minorities.

West Sussex County Council is holding a fostering drop-in session at Crawley Library on Tuesday, October 25 from 10.00am to 4.00pm as part of a county-wide recruitment drive to sign up more carers.

These informal sessions give people a chance to chat to members of the highly experienced team to allay fears and answer any questions people may have about fostering.  

Crawley foster carer, Pray Molden says: “I permanently moved from South Africa to England in 1998. I’ve been a foster carer for over three and a half years and it is just so rewarding. I have fostered children who come from different cultures, have a different religion, a different diet and even speak a different language and we’ve still managed to do very well together.

“I think people do want to foster but are scared to do it. These informal drop-in sessions are just fantastic. They give people, who are thinking about fostering, the chance to talk to those who are already doing it so they know what is really involved.”

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 communities 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.

1. West Sussex County Council is looking for foster carers from many different ethnic backgrounds including: Asian or Asian British Indian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani. Chinese, Irish, East European, mixed backgrounds, Black Caribbean and Black or Black British African.  
2. Anyone who’s interested in fostering West Sussex children and young people but cannot make the event can call the Fostering Recruitment Team on 01403 229333 or visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/fostering