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PEOPLE across West Sussex are being urged to sign up and become foster carers.

Foster carers play a vital role in giving a loving and stable home to children in need.

Peter Evans, West Sussex County Council cabinet member for children and families said: ‘If you’ve ever thought about giving a child a home and becoming a foster carer, I would urge you to make it your New Year’s resolution for 2013.

‘By giving a stable and dependable environment to a vulnerable child or young person, foster carers give them an invaluable chance to develop their skills and confidence, to rebuild their lives and fulfil their potential.’

The council’s fostering service has a particular need for foster carers who can help siblings and older children.

Monthly drop-in sessions will be taking place across West Sussex this year, giving residents the chance to come along and meet members of the fostering team and foster carers to have an informal chat about whether fostering is right for them.

Cllr Evans added: ‘We don’t just need people to be good parents, we’re looking for people who are patient, energetic, with a good sense of humour and who will treat children and young people as individuals.’

Foster carers receive support from the council, including ongoing training and financial allowances.

To find out more visit westsussex.gov.uk/fostering or call 01403 229333.