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Mainstream fostering

Children requiring mainstream foster care can be between the ages of 0 and 18. When a child is first looked after by our Children’s Services, it is not always clear how long they might need foster care for. The majority of new Foster Carers begin as mainstream carers, to support children while work is done to assess and plan for their future. This could be a matter of weeks, months, or in some cases up to a couple of years. Sometimes our Foster Carers work with a child to help them return to their birth family or move on to a more long-term arrangement.


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Fostering older children

Did you know that two thirds 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 and we urgently need more Foster Carers willing to open their hearts and homes to them. Find out more about how you could transform a young person’s life by visiting our fostering older children page.

Fostering Older Children

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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!