Fostering in Sussex
Have you been thinking of fostering in Sussex? Could you help change the lives of children and young people in your area? If so, the FosterCare UK team would love to hear from you. We’re looking for caring individuals to join our friendly and passionate fostering team and make a real difference in the South of England. If we’re describing you, then give us a call today on 0844 800 1941. We’re also interested in hearing from experienced carers looking to transfer to a new agency.
FosterCare UK is an independent fostering agency, with an office based in Burgess Hill, Sussex. This means that we work with local authorities across the South East of England to provide high-quality foster parents and families when the local authorities own supply of carers can’t meet the number of the children and young people in need of care. With both of these pools combined, however, the ever-growing demand for foster carers is still far greater than the amount available, this is why we want you to join our team of Sussex foster carers. Together, we can make a real difference to the lives of children and young people in Sussex.
If you’re reading this then you likely already have a patient and caring personality and a desire to help young people in your local area. However, there are some other things you’ll need before you send in an application. First, you need to be over the age of 21 and be in good health – this is just so we know you’re physically able to look after a child or young person. There is no upper age limit for becoming a foster carer and you race, gender, religion or whether you’re LGBTQ have no impact on your ability to become a foster carer with FosterCare UK, though it may affect the type of placements you receive as we work hard to match foster placements with the foster family that best suits their needs.
More importantly, you need to have a spare bedroom in your home. A secure and personal space where a child or young person can relax and feel safe is vital to their personal development – whether they live with their birth families or not. A spare bedroom is a required part of providing quality fostering services and you won’t be able to take on a foster placement without one.
Once you apply to join the FosterCare UK team, your assigned social worker will visit you, and your family if applicable, in your home. This is an informal meeting so we can learn more about you and your home and marks the start of the carer assessment process. Completing this process takes between 4 and 6 months and culminates in a meeting with an independent fostering panel. This panel will make a recommendation to us as to your suitability as a carer, but the ultimate decision will remain with our team. During this period, your social worker will be on hand to offer support and advice and you will also be invited to attend a fostering skills training course to make sure you’re ready to take on your first fostering placement.
To find out more about joining our Sussex team, the types of fostering services we offer or want to start your foster care journey today, then get in touch with our Sussex office today – our friendly and professional staff are on hand to provide any information you might need. You can contact us by phone on 0844 800 1941 or by email by using our online enquiry form. We look forward to hearing from you.