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More Foster Carers needed in Shoreham

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West Sussex County Council urgently needs to recruit more foster carers because of the rising number of children needing foster care. Further carers are now required in Shoreham and surrounding areas.

As part of an on-going campaign, West Sussex County Council is holding a fostering drop-in session at Shoreham s Library on Friday, November 11 from 10.00am to 4.00pm as part of a recruitment drive to sign up more local carers.

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

Local foster carer, Pat Baldock says: “I’ve been a foster carer for the last 19 years. My husband and I couldn’t have children naturally; it just wasn’t meant to be. I now realise I was meant to be a foster carer; it’s my life’s work and I love it.

“One of the girls I fostered for a long time actually asked me to adopt her and that’s just what I did. She is such a smashing girl and I’ve very proud of my daughter. I’m also a godmother to three children of one of the boys I fostered, who’s doing very well in the Royal Navy.

“There is such a huge need for more foster carers and it’s so fantastic when you watch these kids progress and move on emotionally, educationally and in life. So if you are thinking about fostering, come down to the drop-in session. I know I will never tire or retire from fostering.”

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.

Notes to Editors
1. 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