At present around 100 families are needed in Essex to foster children with a particular need for foster carers for siblings, older children and children with disabilities. It is anticipated that there will be a national and regional increase in the number of children in care over the next 10 years.
Fostering changes lives. You will be helping some of our most vulnerable young people feel cared for and valued. This, in turn, helps them to feel good about themselves.
We have around 800 children a year in foster homes. Without people like you they would have to be placed far away from their family and friends which makes it so much more difficult for them.
Fostering can be demanding and challenging; often, children who need foster care are victims of difficult circumstances. By offering them a place in your home you will open opportunities that may otherwise be unavailable to them.
Watching a child grow and develop into a happy, confident young adult is tremendously rewarding.
"The last 10 years have been the most demanding, rewarding and satisfying of our lives." - Colin and Amanda, foster carers, Laindon.