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Benefits of fostering with WSCC

Becoming a Foster Carer with us means that you’ll be joining West Sussex County Council’s fostering family. Our staff and Foster Carers all work together to provide local children with local foster homes that are safe, loving and supportive and offer the very best standards of care.


Being in care can be a very unsettling and difficult time for children but by fostering with you Local Authority you will be able to offer many a home in their local area with familiar surroundings. This means they can often attend the same schools and maintain their existing friendship groups, making their transition and time in care much more manageable.

Our Foster Carers receive a wide range of benefits including:

Competitive pay and allowances

Receiving up to £30k a year per child, enhanced rates for some fostering roles and tax exemptions (with many carers paying no tax at all)

Comprehensive training

Making sure you have all the knowledge and skills you need, with plenty of opportunities for ongoing professional development

24/7 professional support

With your own dedicated Social Worker, out-of-hours assistance and access to support groups

Finally, fostering with us means you’ll become an integral part of a not-for-profit fostering service who has the best interests of the children in West Sussex at the heart of everything we do.

Our money goes towards ensuring the children in our care have somewhere safe to call home and supporting our Foster Carers to be able to provide that.

Professional support and competitive pay

Thinking of becoming a Foster Carer?

Do you want to make a difference to a child in West Sussex? Could you provide a safe, secure and loving environment and help them through a challenging time in their lives? Do you have a spare room? If the answer is yes, we'd love to hear from you.

Could you support a young person aged 16-24 to prepare for adult life?

By teaching life skills and providing emotional support, you could help a young person reach their full potential!