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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.

Steve and Janice

“It wasn’t just love and cuddles that he needed. It was in fact, time, stability and to feel safe.”

Steve and his wife Janice have been fostering for the last five years. Their first placement in 2015 was a five-year-old boy who is still with them now. "He was a very troubled little boy when he arrived; utterly confused and scared. The consequence of that was emotional outbursts. It was heartbreaking to see. What really brought it home was when he said to us that if his own mother got rid of him then he wouldn’t expect anyone else to keep him in their home, no matter how much they loved him. It was actions and not just words that he needed.”
Janice Coy and husband

"You don’t need to be special to foster. But it does makes you feel special."

Janice and Colin, from Rayleigh, have been fostering for 16 years and currently have a 13-year-old boy in their care. Janice had a busy career in the city but had always wanted to work with children. After the birth of her son she wanted to stay home with him and fostering was the perfect fit. “Fostering isn’t all hugs and smiles - it can be incredibly challenging. But that certainly makes it more rewarding. You don’t need to be special to foster. But it does makes you feel special."
Kim with her grandson

“I don’t see them as children with disabilities, but just children. My family is giving them what all children deserve - a happy childhood”

Kim Shears from Clacton has been fostering for 16 years on her own, and currently has two young girls with cerebral palsy in her care. Kim is keen to advocate that a lack of experience, or not having a large home, should not be barriers to coming forward. “I had always been reluctant to foster a child with disabilities as I didn’t feel that I had the relevant experience. Little did I know though, my first experience of fostering would reverse my opinion emphatically.
A young woman waving at her laptop screen

Online event: Find out more about fostering

Saturday 23 January 2021 (11.00am to 12.00pm)
A young woman waving at her laptop screen

Online event: Find out more about fostering

Tuesday 26 January 2021 (7.00pm to 8.00pm)
Two young parents smiling as their young daughter plays with bubbles in a park

Online event: Find out more about fostering

Wednesday 10 February 2021 (7.00pm to 8.00pm)