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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.

Young parents with two children, having a conversation

Essex County Council appeal for younger families to consider fostering

During Foster Care Fortnight (Monday 13 – Monday 26 May), Essex County Council is encouraging more people of all ages to consider becoming a foster carer.
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‘We wanted to give them the happy childhood that our children had’

This Foster Care Fortnight, which takes place 13 to 26 May, Essex resident Marie Bullock is sharing her story to inspire other families to consider welcoming foster children into their busy homes.
Sue, Chiara and Albana

Celebrating the difference that foster mums make

"It’s like having two mums – two loves, two pieces of advice, two everything.”
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Online fostering information event - Wednesday 22 May

Wednesday 22 May 2024 (7.00pm to 9.00pm)
A man helping a young girl with her shoes

Northern Gateway Sports Park, Colchester

Saturday 1 June 2024 (10.30am to 12.30pm)
Lady with two children, leaning over one child helping them bake cookies

Online fostering information event - Thursday 6 June

Thursday 6 June 2024 (7.00pm to 9.00pm)