Essex foster carer Rachael reveals how fostering gave her a new start.

 Essex foster carer Rachael reveals how fostering gave her a new start.

Essex foster carer Rachael reveals how fostering gave her a new start.

January is often the time for a new start or direction in your life. With the ongoing effects of the pandemic, many of us are still working from home and re-evaluating what’s important in our lives.

For Rachael Daldry from Colchester, it was her daughter who suggested she go into fostering when working long hours for her own business was becoming too much.

Rachael says, “I have always worked with children throughout my career, in support worker and teaching assistant roles, so when my daughter suggested fostering, I thought about it, gave Essex County Council a call and we’ve never looked back.”

Essex County Council is urging more people like Rachael to consider becoming a foster carer. Essex foster carers provide a safe and nurturing environment for young people across the county, but more are needed to keep up with the rise of children coming into care.

Rachael says, “Fostering has completely transformed our lives for the better. I’m no longer working long hours in my shop. I'm now able to spend more time, and more importantly quality time, with my daughters and my dad whilst looking after our foster children.

“Making our foster children feel like they have a safe place, somewhere they can go, is something I don’t take for granted. It can make a massive impact on that child’s life.”

“We are always a little bit heartbroken when one of our foster children leaves because they have become part of our family. Even though I may only play a small part in their lives, I have such a good relationship with them. I always tell them that my door is always open to them should they want to visit again.”

Foster carers can be single, married, from a same-sex family or retired. There is an active network of support groups providing opportunities to meet and learn from other foster carers with many going on to make long-term friendships. Becoming a foster carer offers work-life balance and the flexibility to live your own life and help young people.

Rachael wants to encourage people in Essex who are looking for a new direction in their life to give Essex County Council a call and find out more information.

“I couldn’t be happier. I have a new direction and purpose in life and I’m also playing a part in helping young people; what could be better than that?”

Visit the Fostering pages of our website to find out more or call 0800 801 530

Last updated 4 January 2022