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Fostering older children

Did you know that over two third of the children we care for are aged between 11 and 17? That means that right now in West Sussex there are over 600 children in this age group in care. All of these children are in safe accommodation, with many living with local Foster Carers, but we also have a significant number of children waiting to find a foster family.

Every child deserves a loving and local place they can call home but we urgently need to recruit more Foster Carers in order to provide them with this. The older children we care for desperately need people who can guide them through this important and uncertain time in their lives. Helping them to develop into happy, confident and independent young adults.


Why foster a child over the age of 11?


Could I be a Foster Carer for older children?

If you are over 21 years old, have a spare bedroom and have the desire and dedication to helping a young person realise their potential, then you could be a Foster Carer for the older children and teenagers we care for.

Great Foster Carers come from varied backgrounds

You can be single or in a same-sex relationship

There’s no upper age limit to being a Foster Carer

You don’t have to have your own children

You can be renting your home or be a homeowner

You do need a spare room

You can have your own children living at home

You can have pets

You may have experience of parenting your own teenagers or supported teenagers as part of your job as a teacher or youth worker. Or you may have spent time with nieces, nephews or a godchild and feel you have the right qualities. If you think you’ve got what it takes then we’d love to hear from you so please get in touch.

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What support will I receive to help me care for an older child?

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What support will I get to help me care for an older child?

As a Foster Carer for West Sussex County Council, you’ll never be alone. You will receive 24/7 professional support and ongoing, comprehensive training. You’ll have your own dedicated Supervising Social Worker and have access to support groups and events where you’ll get to spend time with our other fantastic local Foster Carers, giving you the chance to speak with like-minded people who are experiencing fostering first hand just like you.

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Looking to learn more about becoming a Foster Carer?

Come along to one of our online or in-person information sessions