Essex County Council is encouraging local people to consider short break or respite fostering to support children with disabilities,

This has a huge impact on the child and offers important respite for the child’s parents.

“I’m making a difference to a young person’s life and it is so rewarding” says Laura Adeyefa, who is a foster carer for Lizzie aged 10. Laura is a specialist nurse at an NHS Trust Monday to Friday, but she supports Lizzie and her birth mum, who is also called Laura, one weekend a month.

“I always had a desire to foster so that I could make a real impact for children with additional needs on a one-to-one basis. Offering respite care one weekend a month is perfect for someone just starting out as a foster carer. It has allowed me the flexibility to pursue my passion around my full-time job and still have time for myself.

“I have really enjoyed getting to know Lizzie and what makes her happy. If there are ever any challenges, for example any behavioural or medical aspects, I know I have 24/7 support available through Essex County Council and the training provided has been invaluable. It’s one of the best decisions I have ever made.”

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