Fostering in Chichester
If you live in Chichester, have a spare bedroom or two (or three), there is a wonderful career opportunity awaiting you. FosterCare UK wants you to think about becoming a foster carer. It is a rewarding career where you work from home, changing the lives of youngsters from the area.
We work in conjunction with the West Sussex County Council’s local authority in the important commitment to provide the best possible homes for the children and young people of Chichester who have been taken into care. It is important to us that we can find a way to keep these kids in the area they know. If they can continue attending the same school and having the same peer group, it is so much better for them.
While there are many types of foster care such as emergency, respite, special needs, and therapeutic, what we have a special need for are people who can accommodate sibling groups and parent and child placements.
Often when the local authorities take youngsters into care, they are taking a group of siblings into care. Each looked after child must have his or her own bedroom with space for a bed, chest of drawers, and a desk. When siblings are placed together, young siblings of the same gender may share a bedroom, but they must have their own individual bed. This requires that the foster parents have more than one bedroom so that they can take in brothers and sisters.
We are also looking for the special type of person who has the skills to help a parent and child start off their lives together in a positive and functioning manner. Too often, a young parent, usually a mother, needs assistance in learning parenting skills. A carer who works with a parent and child placement guides the parent toward strong skills in childcare while assessing their ability to continue looking after the baby or toddler on her (or his) own.
Your race, religion, and marital status do not matter. If you are 21 or older, have a patient and compassionate personality, please consider becoming a foster carer. You can make a difference in a young person’s life. During the application and assessment process, which takes several months, we provide training and you get to know our team and become part of our FosterCare family.
When you are approved as a registered carer, our support is consistent. A social worker is always available, day or night, for any questions you may have. There is ongoing training available and our carers constantly praise our diligence in working with them. In addition, our fostering allowance is generous and covers all the costs involved in raising a child.
If you would like to find out more about fostering in Chichester and learn about the process and the benefits, contact us for a chat on 0844 800 1941, and we’ll happily answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, you can complete our online enquiry form, and a member of our team will call you back.