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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.

Rachael Daldry

“I have a new direction and purpose in life and I’m playing a part in helping young people. What could be better than that?”

“I have a new direction and purpose in life and I’m playing a part in helping young people. What could be better than that?” – Essex foster carer Rachael reveals how fostering gave her a new start.
Kim Christmas Tree

“Life had suddenly become one where dreams do come true, wishes were granted, and that the world can be a warm and loving place.”

“Life had suddenly become one where dreams do come true, wishes were granted, and that the world can be a warm and loving place.” I fostered a little 5 year old girl who had never experienced Christmas before. She knew there was a Father Christmas, but he’d never been to her house before as she was too ‘naughty’. She didn’t really get what it was all about and was a little bemused by it all. She loved that the elves had come and decorated the house. Her face lit up when she saw everything. We took her to see the houses that had been decorated and she found it ever so magical, her eyes noticing every single detail, every star, every reindeer, every snowman.
Tina Pirie

“What we get back from fostering our two boys is so much more rewarding than the work we put in.”

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.
A lady and child building blocks

Online Fostering Information Event

Saturday 22 January 2022 (10.30am to 12.30pm)
A man helping a young boy with lego

Supported Lodgings Information Event - Online

Tuesday 8 February 2022 (7.00pm to 9.00pm)
A lady and child building blocks

Online Fostering Information Event

Saturday 26 February 2022 (10.30am to 12.30pm)