2 May 2017

Help a child in need this month

National Fostering Fortnight starts on Monday 8 May. Why not mark it by finding out more about how you could help a child in need?

Brighton & Hove City Council’s fostering team is holding its next information event on Wednesday 17 May from 6.30pm to 8pm at the 1st Central County Ground (home of Sussex County Cricket Club), Eaton Rd, Hove BN3 3AN.

It’s a chance to hear direct from members of the fostering team about what fostering is, what it involves, whether you'll be eligible and how the assessment process works. You'll also hear from and meet some of our foster carers.

We'll provide refreshments and a free parking permit to park in the ground. If you'd like to come along, or if you can’t come but still want to know more about fostering, please:

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

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

These children have had a difficult start to their lives. Foster carers provide safe and supportive homes for these children in both the short and longer term.

People from all sections of the community can be foster carers. You can be single or a couple, straight or gay, old or young, with or without your own children. You don’t need to be married. You can own your own home or be renting.

Some people decide they want to become foster carers after their own children have ‘flown the nest’.

Fostering can be incredibly rewarding – because you can make a really positive difference to a child’s life and help shape their future.

It’s not always easy, but the council’s fostering team offers a fantastic level of support – there’s someone at the end of a phone line 24-7 so you’re never alone.

As a foster carer with the council, you’ll also be part of a vibrant fostering community, attend support groups to meet other foster carers for friendship, advice and support and be offered regular training sessions.

The council’s fostering team also provides holiday activities for foster children as well as your own children, providing the children with a treat – and you with a break.

Fostering attracts generous financial allowances and can offer you the chance to develop new and career-enhancing skills.