Fostering in Essex

Children need fostering in Essex. If you’re new to fostering or already experienced, can you help? We offer locally-delivered training, 24/7 support and an active network of peer support groups.

If you’re thinking about becoming a foster carer in Essex, choose to work with a leading fostering agency.

National Fostering Group is the largest independent fostering agency in the UK with superb agency coverage across all regions – meaning you have the support of a team close to you.

We have more than 20 years of experience and many, varied opportunities for you to foster a child. One of the most established fostering agencies, we work with local authorities to place children and young people in homes where they can thrive.

As a foster carer for the National Fostering Group, you get unparalleled access to professional support and excellent free training in and around Essex. We want you to thrive too, being the best you can be in your role as foster carer.

On top of this, our foster carers have a large and active peer network that includes several local support groups.

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The support I receive from my Supervising Social Worker has been like a big hug to me, helpful and encouraging and extremely supportive. It gives you the resilience in what can sometimes be a challenging job to face another day.

Fostering is a very rewarding role and no two days are the same. The look of joy on your young person's face when they have a new life experience and you turn their life around is priceless!

Natalie, foster carer, Essex

Fostering statistics in the South East

Around 7,230 children live with a foster family in the South East. There are approximately 45,370 fostering households and 76,640 foster carers in England.

Sources: Department for Education, Ofsted

Fostering agencies in Essex

  • Established for more than two decades, National Fostering Group has teams (agencies) across the UK
  • Our leading fostering agency for the South East has been rated as OUTSTANDING by Ofsted
  • We have several local team offices to support you 24/7 in Essex and the surrounding area
  • Our foster carers have access to experienced practitioners providing therapeutic and educational advice
  • Our Heath Farm agency in nearby Whitstable is a pioneering centre of wraparound holistic foster care for children with complex needs
  • Our foster carers in Essex have access to many local foster parent support groups
  • You will receive a generous fostering allowance for a child in your care
  • People from all walks of life are suitable to become a foster parent
  • Many types of fostering are available, including emergency and long-term placements
  • You’ll get excellent free training on different aspects of fostering at a local venue

When I first came here, it was different and my carers were different to what I had know. But from the moment I meet them, I kind of knew this is where I would want to stay.

James, foster child

UK fostering

Our foster carers come from all walks of life. With training, support and a generous fostering allowance, they provide homes where children can thrive and experience the childhood they deserve.

More than 8,000 new foster carers are needed UK-wide to provide homes for children in need of a foster family. If you’re thinking of becoming a foster carer, now’s the time.

Source: The Fostering Network

Fostering in Essex and the South East

Many children in Essex are waiting to be fostered. This amounts to hundreds across the South East.

National Fostering Group has local offices across Essex and the South East, incorporating Basildon, Southend-on-sea, Chelmsford, Clacton-on-sea, Colchester, Braintree and Harlow.

Start your fostering journey with National Fostering Group

  • We have fostering agencies all across the UK
  • Over 3,000 carers already part of our family
  • Benefit from our local support groups and social workers