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

We urgently need foster carers who can offer a home to siblings, giving them a chance to stay together. You don't have to be living in the borough. If you think you could provide a home for these children, please let us know you’re interested in fostering, or join us at one of our events.

Open 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:

  • Thursday 19 September, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Hutton Community Centre, Harrison Close, Brentwood, CM13 1LP

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

  • Monday 30 September, 3pm to 9pm, Impulse Leisure Centre, Springhouse Road, Corringham, SS17 7NB
  • Wednesday 9 October, 10am to 2pm, Basildon Hospital Main Reception, Nethermayne, Basildon, SS16 5NL
  • Monday 14 October, 10am to 10pm, Level 2 outside Primark, intu Lakeside, West Thurrock Way, Grays, RM20 2ZP

Free fostering training

'The Skills to Foster' courses take place at the Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, RM17 6SL, either over 3 days or 6 evenings.

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

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.