Independent Fostering Provider

By the Bridge with Cambian – Essex

Address: The Lodge, 110a High Street, Ingatestone, Essex CM4 0BA U.K.

Tel: 0800 644 6230


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We are By the Bridge, a leading independent fostering organisation with offices throughout England. We find and train the best foster parents so that young people in care get a better chance in life as a result of their foster family’s commitment and dedication.

Our unique approach to fostering puts foster parents at the centre of our team, supporting the development and progress of a child. Seeing a child in care discover their potential, giving them the best possible chance at happiness and achieving their personal best – it’s what makes fostering with us so rewarding.

With over 15 years’ experience of helping children rebuild their lives, our work is in high demand. Over 100 local authorities have children placed with us, and every month more children are referred to us than we can look after, that’s why we’re always on the lookout for more families so that we can offer a good home to as many of them as we can.

Founded initially by foster parents in 2002, we are therapeutic fostering organisations with offices across the country, in the North West, Midlands, South and South-East regions. We have an excellent team of foster parents who are supported by our experienced local teams.

We provide foster parents with the skills, knowledge, tools, guidance and support they need to provide the very best care to children and offer a wide range of benefits including:

    • Excellent weekly pay
    • On-going training and professional development programmes
    • 24/7 support
    • Local fostering offices throughout England
    • An experienced, dedicated team
    • Out of Hours support services
    • Over 15 years’ experience of fostering
    • Grow, Achieve, Learn programmes for our young people
    • Rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted
    • 21 days’ Respite
    • Long Service Rewards
    • Refer a Friend incentive scheme
    • Foster Child and Family Events
    • Membership of FosterTalk

If you’re thinking of a career that will change your life and the life of every child that comes into your home, then becoming a foster parent with By the Bridge could be for you.

Fostering provides much more than a stable home. Every child deserves to grow up in a safe and nurturing home where they have the support and encouragement they need to do well in life. A foster parent will have a significant impact on a child’s lives, helping them to improve their self-esteem, make better choices and to go on to have a safer and happier future.

We are here to share as much information and experience with you, and we know how important this decision can be for you, but also a child or young person in need. If you think you have what it takes to foster with us, then get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!

I can honestly say that By the Bridge are amazing and it feels like we’re part of a big family. The support from our link workers and the organisation is invaluable in helping us look after young people and even ourselves. We are kept up to date with news and issues to help us do our best to keep our young person safe in a fast-moving world. There is always someone at the end of the phone if we need to talk.

Claire Burrows, 2018

We had heard the adverts for By the Bridge on our local radio station and ended up contacting them for further information. From the initial phone call to the information evening and through to the training days, the support for foster parents was clear and concise. We decided together that By the Bridge were the organisation for us and so our journey began.

Rob and Sarah, 2019

We approached By the Bridge and were extremely surprised at the reception we received. Being a same-sex couple, we didn’t expect to be welcomed so warmly and thought that we would be frowned upon and not considered suitable for fostering. Thankfully, nothing could have been further from the truth, and we were welcomed with open arms by the By the Bridge family.

Stuart and Ian, 2018

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Have you considered Fostering? Get in Touch with By the Bridge with Cambian and change a child’s life forever.