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Types of fostering in West Sussex

Children come into care for many reasons. They all come from different backgrounds and have diverse needs. As a result, there are a number of different types of fostering we provide. We carefully match children with carers who have the skills and experience needed and we will work with you and your family to explore the best options for you.

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Fostering Types



Supporting children of all ages from birth to 18
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Children With Disabilities

Caring for children with complex mental and/or physical needs, either full time or for regular short breaks
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Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

Caring for young people claiming asylum who are alone in the UK
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Parent And Child

Supporting a parent (or parents) and their child in your home
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Supported Lodgings

Helping young people aged 16 -21 learn the skills for independent living
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Caring for children for a short period of time to support their parents / carers
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Connected Persons

If a child or young person cannot live with their parent(s), Connected Person carers can take on responsibility for looking after them on a day-to-day basis as an approved Foster Carer.

Connected Persons can be relatives, friends or another person connected to the child for example a childminder, teacher or youth worker.

Special Guardians

Special Guardianship Orders (SGOs) provide a permanent home for a child who can no longer live with their parents. An SGO formally recognises one or more people as a ‘special guardian’ of the child.

Although the child maintains links with their birth family, their special guardians have the majority of parental responsibility for them. Unlike an adoption order, the child maintains strong ties with their birth family.

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Private fostering

Private fostering is when a child or young person under 16 years old (or 18 if they are registered disabled) is cared for, and given accommodation, for 28 days or more by someone who is not a close relative.

A privately fostered child is not classed as a ‘child looked after’ and there is a legal duty for people looking after someone else’s child under such an arrangement to notify their local authority.

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Independent Visitor Volunteer

If you’re not quite ready to foster but would like to help support the children we care for on a voluntary basis, the Independent Visitor Volunteer Scheme may be for you.

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