Change a life by fostering

Foster care is rewarding, because you're changing a child's life. Children in care have often experienced trauma in their past. They need foster carers who can help them heal. They need you.

Most people can provide the safe and stable home that a child needs. You could help a child to unlock their true potential. You can make a real difference.

Join hundreds of other families and foster with Essex County Council. Rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

I wish I’d started years ago. You need patience and empathy, but if you love family life and helping others, its the best job in the world.
- Jane, foster mum to Lilly

We’re only a phone call away

We know that fostering is a big decision. We're here to help.

Have a chat with our friendly team about how fostering works. You’re not committing to anything, it's a chance to ask questions and learn more.

0800 801 530


Latest events

Virtual drop-in


Find out more about fostering at this online event.

Colchester United family day


Come to the drop-in stand at Colchester United's family day for the opportunity to:

  • find out about the children needing foster care
  • speak with social workers and ask them any questions.

Everyone is welcome to attend, whether you're brand new to fostering or you've fostered before. This environment is relaxed and interactive, giving you plenty of chances to ask questions and speak to the team.

Virtual drop-in


Find out more about fostering at this online event.

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