WEST Sussex County Council using Foster Care Fortnight to raise awareness of the ongoing need for new carers.
A week after the Fostering Network revealed one child comes into care needing a foster family every 22 hours, the county council is joining the national campaign between May 14 and May 27 to ask the people of Sussex come forward and give security and stability to children in care.
Foster carers come from all walks of life, from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and are of any marital status.
There are also several types of fostering including short or long term care.
Cabinet member for children and families Peter Evans said: “Foster carers give children the chance to develop and flourish in a safe, secure environment.
“We don’t just need people to be good parents, we’re looking for people who are patient, energetic, with a good sense of humour and who will treat children and young people as individuals.
“Being a foster carer is very rewarding and is a chance to help support children and young people in our care.”
Foster carers receive a comprehensive support package from the council, including ongoing training and financial allowances to meet the needs of the children and young people in their care.
The County Council also holds drop-in sessions where people can talk to members of the fostering team and ask any questions,
There will be two during Foster Care Fortnight from 10am to 4pm at Crawley Library on May 19 and Chichester Library on May 22.
For more information go to www.westsussex.gov.uk/fostering or call 01403 229333.