Why foster with Quality Foster Care?

Because quality matters.
We’re here to guide you on your fostering journey.

Discover the benefits of fostering with Quality Foster Care

We are an experienced fostering team who train and support foster carers across Essex and East London.

Around the clock support

Whenever you need us, we’ll be there. Choose to foster with us and you’ll be part of an experienced team who work closely together. We’ll provide professional advice and support whenever you need it.

Specialist training

We provide a free, comprehensive training package to help you grow in your foster carer role. We also find fun and supportive ways to bring our carers together, so you get to know one another and can share and learn from one another.

Local and independent

We are a small, experienced agency based in Benfleet. We have a fantastic team of foster carers who look after young people, changing their lives for the better. Our carers, together with our social workers, are like one big family.

Matching and mentoring

We have detailed discussions with you about the children who need looking after to make sure you feel you have the skills and experience to support them. You will be buddied up with an experienced foster carer who can mentor you and offer extra support.

New to fostering?

If you care about children, foster care is open to anyone. Find out how to get started on your journey with QFC.

Transfer to us

Are you an existing carer thinking about joining the Quality Foster Care family? Find out how we can help you transfer to us.

Pay and allowances

We offer generous rates of pay and allowances to help our foster carers provide a safe and loving home.

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What our foster carers say

Want to know what fostering is really like? Here’s what some of our foster carers have to say about their fostering experience.

"To anyone considering becoming a single foster carer, I strongly encourage you to check it out. I’ve been so lucky in that I have a wonderful support network around me; my friends and family have been incredible. The support workers at Quality Foster Care go above and beyond to let you know they are always there to call on; if you need any help, never be afraid to ask."


"There’s no greater feeling than knowing what is technically your job means you’re helping people at their most vulnerable find a place to grow into the people that they have the potential to become."

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What’s happening

Take a look at some of the activities and training our foster families have been participating in recently, and find out what events we have coming up.

respite care

The importance of respite care for families in Essex and…

Overview: Exploring the importance of respite care, demand for foster carers and how much you get paid for respite foster…

Quality Foster Care Celebrates Essex Pride

Celebrating Pride Month: Quality Foster Care and New Family Social…

June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate and embrace the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community. In this spirit of…

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Parent and child fostering in Essex: what support is available…

Overview: An introduction to parent and child fostering, plus information about support and the benefits for Quality Foster Care carers…


Celebrating Community this Foster Care Fortnight

Foster Care Fortnight 2023 is celebrated from 15th – 28th May. This year the theme is #FosteringCommunties! Foster Care Fortnight 2023 is a…


How We’re Celebrating Care Day 2023

Friday, 17 February, is Care Day – the world’s biggest celebration of children and young people with care experience! This…


Quality Foster Care rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted

Following a recent inspection, Quality Foster Care has received a Good Ofsted rating. The report recognises that the overall experiences…


Self care at Christmas

Christmas, the period around it, and winter in general can bring moments of real joy, but they can also present…

Queen Elizabeth

In Memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 1926-2022

Quality Foster Care was deeply saddened by the death of Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September 2022. During the 70…

Foster Stories

Pete’s foster story

Meet Pete Hillman, who spent more than 20 years as facilities manager at an insurance broker. Pete now fosters full-time…


Easter celebrations at QFC

Happy Easter from all of us at Quality Foster Care! We are celebrating by sharing the lovely arts and crafts…


QFC awards ceremony

Every two years, we hold an awards ceremony to celebrate some of the incredible children and young people that we…

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Christmas card competition

Congratulations to the creators of these three amazing designs, they are the winners of our Christmas card competition for 2021!…

Foster Stories

Ann’s foster story

Ann, from Canvey Island, first joined Quality Foster Care as a full-time foster carer in 2004 so she could work…

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Can you give a vulnerable young person the experience of family life?

If you think you could offer a stable and safe environment for a child in need, please get in touch.