Essex County Council is pleased to announce a friendly new member of its fostering team.
The new mascot was launched during a teddy bears’ picnic for foster carers on the eve of Foster Care Fortnight.
The bear will be out and about across the county in the coming weeks and months, helping spread the word about just how much foster carers change children’s lives.
Essex County Council’s foster carers provide safe and loving homes for hundreds of children each year, but with a number retiring and demand continuing to be high, up to about 100 new foster families are likely to be needed this year.
As well as enlisting the help of the new mascot, the council’s foster carers are also helping to try and attract the next generation of foster carers.
They will be sharing photos of the #bearincare (below) to raise awareness of the difference fostering makes.
Inspired by The Elf on the Shelf craze, they will take photographs of the bear out and about across the county and share them on social media.
In doing so, they also hope to raise more than £1,000 for Essex Foster Care Association, which helps support foster carers in Essex.