Essex Couple speak about the importance of fostering children with disabilities.
Essex County Council have been successfully matching carers with foster children for over 50 years and need to recruit more foster carers to keep up with the rising demand. There is a particular need for more Essex foster carers who can provide homes for children with disabilities.
Christina (Tina) Pirie has been fostering for eight years with her husband Austin. The couple, who are both in their early 50s, started fostering when Tina was made redundant, and she wanted a career change.
Their foster children have learning and physical disabilities and have been with them since they were aged 15 and 18.
Tina said, “We wanted to foster because we have always had a big family; my auntie was a foster carer, so I grew up with foster children, and my own children had friends at school who were foster children.