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Meet our foster carers

Foster carers and children eating around a table

All kinds of people become foster parents. They come from different backgrounds and nationalities and have varied skills, experiences and interests. This helps us make good matches with the many different children who need care in Essex.

Here are some stories from our foster carers. They share what they find most rewarding about fostering and give advice for those thinking about becoming a foster carer.

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Steve and Janice

Fostering therapeutically
It wasn't just love and cuddles that he needed. It was time, stability and to feel safe.

Vicky

Fostering therapeutically
I've enjoyed watching a little traumatised girl blossom into a confident, settled young woman.

Julie and Matthew

Fostering therapeutically
We don't judge his behaviour or let it be an excuse, but it does increase our empathy.

Janice

Fostering therapeutically
We have begun to see how we can repair the trauma he has been through.

Daniella

Fostering with a young family
If you're thinking about it, please take the first step.

Iain Cameron

Fostering with a young family
Am I fulfilled as a foster parent? Absolutely!

Kaylie and Simon

Fostering with a young family
The day I don’t get upset when a child leaves will be the day there is no point in doing this role.

Sylvie and Franck

Fostering with a young family
Whatever your background, you can become a foster carer. It’s just the generosity of your soul.

Jenny and Tim

Fostering with a young family
When they leave, we will know we have done our very best for them.

Maria and Phil

Fostering with a young family
Foster children can make you feel so proud when they do well.

Vicky and Jeremy

Fostering with a young family
Opening our home to vulnerable children and watching them change over time is great.

Annette and Stephen

Fostering with a young family
I would encourage everyone to consider fostering. Just go for it.

Irene and Cliff

Fostering later in life
Some children have so much, and others come to our front door with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

Debbie and Vic

Fostering later in life
We love it. If you are in your 60s please don’t think you are too old. It’s easier for us to do it now.

Chris

Fostering later in life
I can't imagine life without teenagers. They keep you young and on your toes.

Fran

Fostering later in life
You often want to change the world. When you foster a child, you change their world. And your own.

Sally and Barry

Fostering children with disabilities
It really is the best job in the world, but it doesn't feel like a job.

Nicola Hascomb

Fostering children with disabilities
It was never the plan to foster a child with disabilities... it's the best thing we've ever done.

Kim Shears

Fostering children with disabilities
Fostering has had a really positive influence on our own approach to life.

Pearl and Nigel

Fostering children with disabilities
It's hard work but also very rewarding.

Kali and Shiv

Fostering children with disabilities
We feel every child needs a good life.

Poppy

Fostering teenagers
I'm laying the foundations for a confident young man, ready to face the world at 18.

Nick Wrench

Fostering teenagers
I'm not what most would consider as a typical foster carer. It just shows that those from all walks of life can do it successfully.

Sam and John

Fostering teenagers
Get ready to build some amazing memories and have some incredible experiences.

Lorna and Tony

Fostering teenagers
Each child is different. It can be hard, but it is very rewarding, too, seeing them blossom.

Helen and Martin

Fostering teenagers
There is huge support from Essex County Council and other foster carers, who have become good friends.

Paul and Gerry

Fostering teenagers
It was my birthday and she just walked up to me, gave me a hug and said she loved me.

Debbie and Gary

Fostering teenagers
He just needed someone to believe in him.

David and Marie Bullock

Fostering with a young family
All they really want is to have safety and a structured environment. And maybe a little fun!

Samantha and Stuart Ockleford

Fostering teenagers
It gives us the warmest feeling knowing that we have made a real difference in her life.

Jess and Dan

Fostering sibling groups
Go along to recruitment events with an open mind and listen to your gut instinct.

Ruth Jenkinson

Fostering as a respite carer
Never underestimate the impact you might have on a young person.

Daryl and Alan

Fostering as a respite carer
I have never regretted becoming a foster carer, not even for a second. You are giving a child a second chance and that in itself is incredibly rewarding.

Darren and Karen

Fostering children with disabilities
It's very emotional to say goodbye sometimes, but those are the rewarding transformations you strive towards.

Jane

Fostering as a single parent
It is the babies that keep you up at night… Teenagers? Once you get to know them, they just want to sit and chat.

Alison and Debbie

Fostering therapeutically
The couple regard fostering as the best decision they ever made and say it has totally changed their lives together for the better.

Maria and Phil

Fostering therapeutically
Maria and Phil credit the support of Essex County Council in helping them to understand their foster children's behaviour.

Kathy

Fostering therapeutically
Kathy acknowledges that fostering has not always been plain sailing, saying that it isn’t for the faint hearted but for the open hearted.

Ann-Marie and Daniel

Fostering therapeutically
Ann-Marie and Daniel are proud to see how their foster children have both developed in confidence, just by being able to focus on being a child again.

Fran

Fostering therapeutically
Fran says the most rewarding thing about being a foster carer is when you realise what a positive impact you are having on the children.

Yvonne Fisher blog

Fostering from the LGBTQplus community
They say that you will change a child’s life by fostering them, but in reality, it’s ended up changing my own life.

Ruth and Geoff

Fostering later in life
“Fostering is a way of life, and it’s never too late to start fostering young people who need it.”

Mick and Pauline

Fostering later in life
If you’re thinking about fostering just do it. Encompass it, you’d be surprised how much you like it and how much you get out of it.

Debbie Finch

Fostering later in life
“You can’t change their past, but you can support them with their future.”

Daryl

Fostering therapeutically
Just seeing our foster child smile for the first time, to see them grow in confidence and self-esteem, is the best feeling in the world. We are so proud of all our foster children, and we will always think of them as our own children and our own family.

Debbie and Gary

Fostering teenagers
“They’ve all got the potential; they just need someone to believe in them and to believe in themselves.”

Tina

Fostering children with disabilities
What we get back from fostering our two boys is so much more rewarding than the work we put in. We can see the difference we are making to their lives, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Rachael's Blog

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

Stephen's Blog

Fostering from the LGBTQplus community
“Fostering meant I could have a new start in my life and get back time with my family. We get the opportunity to show children that they can change their path in life.”

Derrick's Blog

Fostering teenagers
"Every child deserves to feel secure and have stability in their home life, and that’s what I try to offer. I give my foster children structure and make them feel safe, but also make sure they have lots of fun and allow them to be children."

Sue's Blog

Fostering teenagers
"Every child deserves to feel secure and have stability in their home life, and that’s what I try to offer. I give my foster children structure and make them feel safe, but also make sure they have lots of fun and allow them to be children."

Kathy's Blog

Fostering teenagers
"Every child deserves to feel secure and have stability in their home life, and that’s what I try to offer. I give my foster children structure and make them feel safe, but also make sure they have lots of fun and allow them to be children."

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