Foster carers offer a home to children and young people while their own parents are unable to look after them.
Anyone aged 21 or over can apply to be a foster carer.
Children who need care
Children who cannot live with their own families for various reasons may need to live with foster carers for a few days, a few weeks or the whole of their childhood.
Foster carers offer the nurturing and care that children need.
Local support for you
As a foster carer, you won't have to work alone. We will make sure you receive the help and support you need to give the highest standards of care.
Fostering is a local service. You don't need to live in Thurrock to be a foster carer for us, but ideally you should be within 20 miles of the borough.
Choosing to foster is one of the most important decisions you will ever make.
We would especially like to hear from people of black and ethnic minority heritage, including individuals or couples of dual heritage, who are interested in fostering.