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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.

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."
Paul

LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week

Next week is LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week and we wanted to celebrate our foster carers from the LGBT+ community for the incredible care they provide to our children. Our carers come from all walks of life, all genders and all ages because we know that what’s important is that they can offer the care, security and stability that a vulnerable child needs. Read Paul and husband Gerry's story of fostering here.
A man pushing a young boy on a bike in a park

Online event: Learn more about fostering

Saturday 15 May 2021 (11.00am to 1.00pm)
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)