22 April 2015

Fostering - how you can help a child in need

Brighton & Hove City Council’s fostering team is holding its next information event on Saturday 25 April from 10am to 11.30am at the Southwick Community Centre, 24 Southwick Street, Southwick, West Sussex, BN42 4TE.

Unfortunately some children can’t live with their own families. For some it’s a temporary thing, maybe due to a family crisis.

These children have had a difficult start to their lives. And you can help them.

Foster carers provide temporary homes for these children in the hope that they can go home again sooner or later.

For full details of this Saturday’s fostering event, or if you would simply like to find out more about fostering, please:

  • Phone 01273 295444 for a friendly chat
  • Email fosteringrecruitment@brighton-hove.gov.uk
  • Visit www.fosteringinbrightonandhove.org.uk
  • Visit our Fostering for Brighton & Hove Facebook page
  • Visit Twitter @BHCC_foster

The council’s director of children’s services, Pinaki Ghoshal, said: “People from all sections of the community can be foster carers. You can be single or a couple, old or young. You don’t need to be married.

“What matters is whether you have the time and energy to offer a safe, caring home to children who have had a difficult start in life.

“All sorts of different people want to foster children. Some don’t have children or can’t have them. Others just love children and want to help them.

“Some have their own children living with them. Some decide they want to become foster carers after their own children have ‘flown the nest’.

“Fostering is a big commitment. It’s not always easy, but it can be incredibly rewarding – because you can make a really positive difference to a child’s life.

“It also attracts generous financial allowances and can offer you the chance to develop new and career-enhancing skills.”