How to become a foster carer

Apply to be a foster carer

If you've read our fostering information and are interested in becoming a foster carer, we would love to hear from you.

You can contact us in 3 ways.

Online form

You can let us know you're interested by completing our online form:

I'm interested in fostering

Contact us by phone or email

Our dedicated team will be happy to speak with you over the phone to answer your questions.

Fostering team
Our dedicated team will be happy to speak with you over the phone to answer your questions.

: 0800 652 1256 (freephone)

: fostering.adoption@thurrock.gov.uk

Speak with us face to face

You are welcome to attend any of our fostering information events.

We're looking for new or experienced foster carers

Drop-in and meet the team – join us for an informal chat:

Monday 12 October, Lakeside Shopping Centre, Level 2 outside Primark during usual opening hours
Thursday 22 October, Lakeside Shopping Centre, Level 2 outside Primark during usual opening hours

Online information events – join us online using Zoom:

Thursday 24 September, 6pm to 8pm

In our online events we'll give a short presentation, after which you can speak with our foster carers and recruitment team. Email us to register and we'll send you a Zoom event link. If you haven't used Zoom before, it will download and install for free on your device.

Confidentiality

When you apply to become a foster carer, all information you give us will be treated in confidence.

Equally, as a foster carer, you will be expected to respect the privacy of the children and families with whom you come into contact.