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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.

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.”
Happy family walking on the beach

Your opportunity to make a change

This New Year, Essex County Council is encouraging people to seize the opportunity to make a change by fostering a vulnerable child.
Thumbnail from Sheila's video - what if you've never had a Christmas?

“Every child deserves the magic of Christmas” – Sheila’s story

This December, as many families decorate the tree and prepare for Father Christmas to visit, foster carers are bringing the magic of Christmas to vulnerable children who have never experienced it before.
A man helping a young girl with her shoes

South Woodham Ferrers Library

Saturday 13 April 2024 (10.30am to 12.00pm)
A man helping a young girl with her shoes

Basildon Library

Saturday 20 April 2024 (10.00am to 12.30pm)
Lady with two children, leaning over one child helping them bake cookies

Wednesday 24 April - virtual drop-in

Wednesday 24 April 2024 (7.00pm to 8.30pm)