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Fostering

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

Fran

“You often want to change the world. When you foster a child, you change their world. And your own” - foster carer of 30 years reveals joy of fostering

The Coronavirus crisis has encouraged many people to think about the future and focused their thoughts on how they can help those outside of their immediate family. Fran Barzoukas from Basildon is urging people to think about whether fostering could be a life-changing opportunity for their own future. “Being a foster parent has very much enriched my life for the better. It’s not always easy, but l wouldn’t change it for one minute. You often want to change the world but when you foster a child you often end up changing their world. And your own”.
Stuart

“You just have to use the cards you’re dealt with and play your best game with it” - Benfleet Police Officer’s advice to other foster children

Foster care leaver, Stuart Sheridan, is urging people to think about whether fostering could be a life-changing opportunity for their own future. Police Constable Stuart Sheridan, aged 32, has been in the foster care system since a baby. When he was 7 years old, he was taken into care by Fran Barzoukas from Basildon. “I distinctly remember feeling terrified when I first turned up. Fran just seemed to get it though. She made a real effort with me even though I was probably very difficult. My favourite memory was being treated to a Burger King. It’s sometimes the smallest gestures which have the biggest impact”.
Boy with special needs writing letters while sitting at the desk in class room

Online fostering information event

Saturday 20 June 2020 (11.00am to 1.00pm)