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Make 2021 the year you became a foster carer

Published: 4 January 2021

Make 2021 the year you became a foster carer 

Why not make a new year's resolution in 2021 that will change a life forever by becoming a foster carer.

By making this resolution, you will provide a loving home for a local child, where they can develop new skills they have never had before.  

One Redbridge looked-after-child, Jake Riley, came into care at six years old and is now at university; he said: "My foster family always made me feel like part of their family. We all go on holiday together. They were the first people to take me on an aeroplane, and the first people to take me to the beach. 

"My foster parents are the first people that I turn to when I need advice. They have provided me with stability and have always supported me. I left school with three A-levels, and I'm now studying at university to become a doctor. This would never have been possible without my foster parents’ support. Even having a desk in my room so that there was a place for me to work and study made such a huge difference as did their advice on my options when I left school. I wouldn't be where I am today without their love and support."

Sarah Hursit, Jake's foster parent, said: "He was a very different child to the one who stands before us today. Jake thought that he would be moved to another placement, but as soon as we sat him down and told him that we would like him to stay with us permanently, he completely transformed. It was as if that reassurance made him feel like he was part of our family. It made him finally feel complete.

"Jake is the most mature, well-mannered, well-rounded individual, and I am so proud of what he has achieved."

In Redbridge, if a child requires a long-term care plan, the fostering service strives to ensure that they are fostered by a family who can support them through to adulthood, as each child deserves a stable and loving family home. 

Councillor Elaine Norman, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "It is so important for the children who need fostering in Redbridge to feel a sense of belonging within their foster family, as children thrive in a stable and loving home. 

"The council is committed to ensuring that our foster carers are paid enough to cover the costs involved in looking after a child, receiving up to £457 per child, per week. We also offer residents a 60 percent council tax discount." 

If you are ready to make 2021 the year to change a child's future and would like more information about fostering for Redbridge Council, email, call 020 8708 6068, or book on to an information session via 


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