Create new memories this year

Published: Friday, 5 January 2018

Havering Council is urging residents to make a difference this year and foster a local child. There are currently 260 children living in care who need foster carers from the borough or surrounding areas to support them in 2018.

Visit a fostering info evening and make a difference this year.

The Council is aiming to recruit 20 new foster carers throughout the year to support children of all ages from 0 – 17 years old.


Cllr Robert Benham, Cabinet Member for Children and Learning, said:


“We’re encouraging residents who wish to choose a new path this year to consider fostering. Beginning of January is a time when many of us are looking to make changes to improve our lives and fostering could be the ideal path for many.


If you are recently retired, or wish to work from home and have greater flexibility around your own children then please contact the fostering team on 01708 434 574.  


“The council offers full training, a dedicated social worker, 24-hour support, continued learning and development plus up to £428 per week working from home.  


Eileen, experienced Havering foster carer, said:


“A big bonus for me is working from home, meaning I am there for my own family, and I get to have quality time at the weekends instead of doing household chores.


“I had always wanted to work with children, but it took me just over 10 years before I became a foster carer. Since I took this step, I have learnt so much from the extensive fostering training opportunities, and made so many friends with other Havering foster carers.”


The Council urgently needs to recruit new foster carers, especially for older children and sibling groups. To find out how you can support children living in care, visit or visit one of information evenings on the first Thursday of every month at 6pm, Havering Town Hall, Romford