What you believe about fostering could be wrong


There are many thousands of children in the UK who are unable to live with their birth families and who are desperate for a stable, loving foster home.

As the number of children coming into care increases, we have seen a similar decrease in the number of people putting themselves forward for fostering. Fostering is not something you decide to do on a whim and we encourage anyone interested in fostering to think long and hard about it before taking the step. That said, we encounter people all the time who reject the idea of fostering because they’ve heard something that has put them off or made them believe that they wouldn’t be “accepted”.

We hate the idea that children are being deprived of a varied and vibrant pool of foster carers because the public are poorly informed. Our Let’s set the record straight series of video and blog posts aims to dispel the most commonly held misconceptions about fostering. Our ultimate mission is to encourage people from all walks of life to consider fostering. We know that children are more likely to feel secure and settled in their foster homes when we’re able to choose from a rich variety of carers with whom to match them.

Perhaps you’ve thought about fostering but feel unsure whether you’re suitable or whether it would fit into your life? We’d urge you to get in touch and tell us what’s stopping you and we’ll try and address the most prevalent misconceptions in our video and blog series. It’s our belief that most people have something unique to offer a child and that good matching between child and foster carer has the potential to transform lives.

Send us a message

Please message us on Facebook, email us at info@easternfosteringservices.com or call us on 01206 822498. We also hold regular, informal coffee mornings where you get the chance to chat to the team and to our carers – a good opportunity to ask all your questions!

Coffee Events
Tuesday 14th November 11:30am at the Huntingdon Marriot hotel in Cambridgeshire.
Thursday 24th November 10:30am at our head office in East Bergholt.
Please click here for more details.

Check out our previous episodes

Episode 1 – Am I too old too old to foster?

Episode Two – The role of men in foster care – Why do so few apply and why should more men get involved

Episode Three – Do I get a choice in the child I foster?

Episode Four – Is Fostering part of a system that takes children away from their families?

Why EFS? At EFS, we believe we have something special. We’re a small, close knit team and we really (really!) care about what we do. We suppose most foster agencies say that, so here are the things we do that show we’re different. Read more...

Like any family, we're a hotchpotch but all united in one thing: our passion for the children and carers we place them with. Read more...

We know that there are a whole host of things that could be stopping you from making that commitment to fostering. But you may be surprised by what we’ve got to say on the subject. Read more...

Why I chose EFS

"If I’m struggling with a situation, EFS are always there to help me think more creatively."

Charlotte, Colchester

Lucy Stevens fostering radio series episode one
Cameron – Cameron shows us fostering through the eyes of the child.

Lucy Stevens fostering radio series episode two
Sandy – Sandy talks to us about fostering teens.

Lucy Stevens fostering radio series episode three
Tricia – Tricia explains the impact of multiple moves on children in foster care.

Lucy Stevens fostering radio series episode four
Eleanor – Eleanor introduces the subject of unaccompanied asylum seeking children coming into foster care.

Lucy Stevens fostering radio series episode five
Faye – Faye shares the reality of fostering unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

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