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Fostering

Foster carers help build better, brighter futures for hundreds of children across Essex every year.

Essex Fostering is committed to providing the best service and support for children in care and their foster families. We've been matching children with foster parents for more than 50 years and we're proud to be rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted. As we oversee all children in care in Essex, our foster carers have the best chance of being paired with a child that suits their family.

Debbie and Alison

"There is no greater reward than seeing your foster children develop into happy young people who are enjoying their childhood!”

Over the past year, there has been much concern across the UK about the impact of Covid on children’s physical and mental wellbeing. They have had disrupted routines, time away from school and missed opportunities to physically interact with friends due to the pandemic. Although only a temporary pause in childhood experiences, there is much concern over the long-lasting impact this period of increased anxiety may have on our young people. It has also highlighted the tragic fact that many children go hungry, unless fed at school.
Ann-Marie and her husband Daniel

“Fostering really is the most rewarding job, and it has changed our lives so much. I wish I'd started years ago.”

It's Foster Care Fortnight and we're celebrating the difference our carers make to children's lives. Ann-Marie and her husband Daniel, currently have two brothers aged 9 and 6 in their care. They describe the siblings as looking like they had the weight of the world on their shoulders when they first arrived. Especially the eldest as he would routinely take on the role of carer for his younger brother. They are proud to see how they have both developed in confidence, just by being able to focus on being a child again. “All they needed was someone to spend time with them and listen to them, which is something they didn’t get before, and we ensure they have that in abundance. Yes, you need patience and empathy, but if you love family life and helping others, this is the most brilliant job you could choose”. Read more about how they are giving children a second chance at childhood.
Susie with her husband and daughter

"If you have a spare bedroom and some extra love to give, you can do it. The difference you can make to a young person is beyond words."

Susie Williams, has been providing supported lodgings for 6 months to an 18-year-old. She explains why she wanted to get involved. “Young people in care need support up to the age of 21, so that they have that transition to independent living. "It’s more than just providing a home and support for independent living though. At that age family support and nurturing is still incredibly important. Especially when they may have suffered significant trauma and neglect or abuse. They need to be nurtured to achieve their goals in the future."
A man pushing a young boy on a bike in a park

Online event: Learn more about fostering

Thursday 20 May 2021 (7.00pm to 9.00pm)
A man pushing a young boy on a bike in a park

Online event: Learn more about fostering

Wednesday 26 May 2021 (7.00pm to 9.00pm)