New mum Kerry Thacker is living the dream, she has a baby, a loving partner, a home and two loving parents… the foster carers who turned her life around.
Kerry, from Dunmow, is now 28 but she was 13 when she was taken into care because her mother, who had mental-health issues, could not look after both her and her younger brother.
Braintree couple Debbie and Gary Barker had already raised their two daughters but decided their parenting days were far from over.
So, six years ago they turned to fostering and because it has been such a positive experience, they are urging potential foster carers to come forward.
In 2020, up to 500 children in Essex are expected to come into care. Essex County Council needs more foster carers to help transform these children’s lives.