Four young adults have shared how fostering has shaped their lives, and how their foster parents helped to ‘unlock their potential’.

They are highlighting their stories as part of national Foster Care Fortnight (15 – 28 May), an annual campaign to inspire more people to consider fostering.

In Essex, today there 1034 children in care, and 513 fostering households across the county. Essex children need excellent care provided locally. Essex County Council need to recruit 60 more carers every year to offer children the best possible local placement matches.

Tom – neuroscientist from Stansted Mountfitchet

Tom, aged 20, was first welcomed into the home of foster carers Sue and Ray Unwin the day after his 13th birthday. Now he’s studying Neuroscience at University, and he thanks his foster parents for helping him realise what he was capable of.

Tom said: “I never knew what I wanted to do before going in to care. I would never have got to where I am now if I hadn’t been fostered by Sue and Ray, they have helped me realise what I want to do with my life. My foster parents have shaped me more than anyone in my life and it’s meant that I can have a future to look forward to.”

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