Open Day seeks to recruit dozens more foster carers
“We still need to recruit dozens of new foster carers. It’s a real challenge, and one we have to meet for the sake of West Sussex children who need looking after.”
That’s the plea from Peter Evans, the West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Children and Families.
The County Council is holding a special open day in Chichester on Saturday, March 19 as part of its drive to sign up more carers.
If a career in fostering has crossed your mind, come along and meet the Fostering Team and foster carers like Ann Johnson: “I thought about foster caring for quite a while. My husband was petrified at first but five and a half years on he loves it as much as I do.
“You can’t put pounds and pence to the satisfaction you get when a child arrives with a blank expression and two months down the line they are running around, smiling and singing. It really is the best job I’ve ever done. I’d say to anyone come along to the event, ask questions and dip your toe in, you won’t regret it.”
The Fostering Open Day will be at The Council House, Assembly Rooms, North Street, Chichester from 10am to 4pm.
Peter Evans said: “To maintain the numbers of foster carers, we need to recruit around fifty new carers each year.
“But wouldn’t it be great to have more than that, to give us more choices when we are trying to match a child to a foster family that best suits their needs.”
“All kinds of people make good foster carers and you really can transform the life of a child who’s been through a difficult time.”
If you can’t make the Open Day, there is still the opportunity to visit one of the County Council’s informal fostering drop-in sessions being held at libraries around West Sussex.
The next drop-in is at Storrington Library on Tuesday, April 19.