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

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we have cancelled our events up to the end of April. Thurrock children do still need foster carers, however, so please do let us know you’re interested in fostering.

Information evenings and weekends – see a presentation on the steps to becoming a carer and hear from current carers to find out what fostering for Thurrock is really like. Presentations begin 15 minutes after the start times:

  • Tuesday 12 May, 6pm to 8pm, Thameside 2, Third Floor, Thameside Complex, Orsett Road, RM17 5DX
  • Wednesday 20 May, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Upminster Golf Club, 114 Hall Lane, Upminster, RM14 1AU

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

  • Saturday 9 May, 9am to 9pm, Level 2 outside Primark, intu Lakeside, West Thurrock, RM20 2ZP
  • Thursday 14 May, 6pm to 8pm, Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, CM15 9NN

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.