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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.
Image of Marie and David Bullock
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
"It’s like having two mums – two loves, two pieces of advice, two everything.”

Your opportunity to make a change

Tuesday 12 December 2023
Happy family walking on the beach
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?
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.
Danielle smiling
This October we are recognising ‘Sons and Daughters Month’ by highlighting the positive experience and contribution of children who have grown up alongside foster children at home.

Danielle enjoyed growing up alongside foster children and she has since been inspired to become a foster carer herself.
Jason smiling
This Pride Month, we're celebrating foster carers from the LGBTQ+ community and encouraging others to consider fostering vulnerable children. Jason shares his experience of fostering as an LGBTQ+ couple.
Ian at the beach
This Father’s day we are celebrating all of our amazing foster dads. Foster carer Ian shares with us why he fosters and what he enjoys most.
Young people in Essex Share how Foster Carers 'Unlocked their Potential'
Foster Care Fortnight: Young people in Essex share how foster carers ‘unlocked their potential’
Laura Adeyefa is a foster carer with Essex County Council, offering a respite break for mum Laura and her disabled child Lizzie.
Essex County Council is urging more Essex residents to open their homes as respite foster carers for children with disabilities in Essex