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Thank you to our Thurrock Foster Carers

8 February 2022

Foster Carers in Thurrock make a huge difference to the lives of Thurrock children and young people, opening their homes and family to care for children who need to live away from their families.

Cllr Barry Johnson, Cabinet Member for Children's Services, said: "We are delighted our residents and those living around Thurrock are hearing about the opportunity to join Thurrock Council's fostering community and the wonderful opportunities it offers to help support and shape a young person's life.

"We currently have a very encouraging increase in our applications and assessments for potential foster carers, but we won't stop there, the high demand for more foster carers in Thurrock still remains.

"In Thurrock there are lots of opportunities to foster, supporting children of all ages including placements which will mean that brothers and sisters can stay together. We are committed to recruiting in-house foster carers who will work for and with the local authority as part of a team, alongside social workers who know our children. This option provides a much more successful outcome for children when compared to residential or high-cost placements, that can cost in excess of £20k a week, are many miles from children's homes, school and friends."

Thurrock Fostering team are holding a virtual information session on Thursday 10 February, 10am to midday. An in-person information event will also take place on Monday 28 February, 6pm to 8pm in the Boardroom at The Orsett Hall Hotel. If you would like the link to our virtual session, or to sign-up to attend our in-person event, or to make an enquiry, go to thurrock.gov.uk/fostering or call the team on 0800 652 1256.

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