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Foster carers help build better, brighter futures for hundreds of children across Essex every year.

Statistics to show age of foster carers with Essex County Council. 69% are over 50yrs old

Over 50s lead the field of foster carers in Essex

Recent figures released by Essex County Council reveal that foster carers aged over 50 make up 69 per cent of the total number that are fostering through the council today. In North Essex, 73 per cent of County Council carers who live there are over 50; empty nesters who are using their life experience to look after vulnerable children. Now the council is urging more people like Lorna Broadhead, from Colchester, to come forward.
Poppy smiling

Poppy started fostering shortly after the dealth of her husband

Poppy Heslop, from Harlow, was left with a massive hole in her life following the death of husband Tony and it was only when she turned to fostering a child that she found a way to fill it. After going through a bleak period of grief, which included giving up her job as a dental nurse, Poppy started to think seriously about fostering, after a close friend who was a foster carer suggested she would be good at it.
Boy with special needs writing letters while sitting at the desk in class room

Drop-in fostering information event, Harlow

Saturday 28 September 2019 (11.00am to 1.00pm)