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Your local fostering community in Barking & Dagenham

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We're looking for caring foster carers who can give vulnerable children in Barking & Dagenham a safe home. Could you help us turn their lives around?
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Fostering in Barking & Dagenham

As a foster carer, you’ll work with a team of dedicated professionals to give children a chance to thrive. With our wraparound support and ongoing training, you can focus on providing children with the best care.

Choosing Five Rivers

As a local social enterprise, our fostering agency is different. We put people before profits and invest in our carers, children and community.

Having a local fostering team in Barking & Dagenham means:

  • Close relationships with your local team.
  • Celebrations and support groups on your doorstep.
  • Meeting foster carers in your community.


Meet foster carers Maxine and Wayne

For Maxine and Wayne, fostering isn’t a career, it’s a way of life.

The couple have provided a caring home for 14 children in their five years as foster carers and helped several groups of brothers and sisters transition into adoption with their forever families, as well as offering a short-term home for others.

Read their fostering story here.

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See what our foster parents say about fostering with us...

“Caitlin* recently took up ice skating and I watch from the side of the rink every time to cheer her on. Sometimes when I watch her skate, I get emotional and think ‘How did I get so lucky to have her in my life’. ”
“The majority of the children that come to me have just left their family homes. I’m lucky to be able to show them that foster care is a safe place and that we are here to help them. I get to change so many more lives and really prepare them for their life ahead during a short amount of time.”
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Cathy Griffiths
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“When I walked past a stall that was encouraging people to start fostering during work one day, I was completely inspired, and I knew it was something I wanted to do.”
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Speak to our team about fostering

Whether you’re ready to start your fostering journey or just want to chat to an expert, our Carer Enquiry Team are here to help.

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