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Fostering in South and South East England

Too many children may never experience the stability that many of us took for granted as children because there are not enough foster carers to meet demand.

We believe safe and loving foster care can simply transform outcomes for some of the country’s most vulnerable children. You can make a huge difference to a child’s life by fostering with us.

“I would advise people to keep going and to remember why they started the process in the first place which in our case was to be of help. Barnardo’s, as a fostering and adoption agency, were so supportive all the way.” – A Barnardo’s foster carer on the preparation process.

“They (Barnardo’s) had a good, healthy approach to same-sex couples fostering.” – A Barnardo’s foster carer who has chosen to speak anonymously.

Fostering in the South and South East England

We’re particularly interested in hearing from people in the following areas:

Brighton, Eastbourne, Hailsham, Hassocks, Henfield, Hove, Lewis, Newhave, Peacehaven, Peavensey, Polegate, Seaford, Worthing.

Chelmsford, Ingatestone, Witham, Maldon, Billericay, Brentwood.

Colchester, Hayes, Stanway, Boxted, Tiptree, Coggeshall, Brightlingsea, Great Bentley, Wivenhoe, Polstead.

Hockley, Rayleigh, Wickford, Basildon (Not Southend).

Romford, Dagenham.

Reading, Henley-on-Thames, Bracknell, Newbury, Basingstoke, Wokingham, Crowthorne.

Redhill, Reigate, Betchworth, Dorking, Gatwick, Horley, Lingfield, Oxsted, Godstone, Crawley, Horsham, Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, Forest Row, East Grinstead.

Guildford, Godalming, Camberley, Bagshot, Windlesham, Woking, Fleet.

Slough, Windsor, Ascot, Maidenhead, Marlow, Bourne End.

Esher, Walton-on-Thames, Weybridge, West Byfleet, Addlestone, Chertsey, Epsom, Ashsted, Leatherhead.

Ipswich and immediate areas

Rochester, Chatham, Aylesford, Gillingham, Dartford, Longfield, Bexley, Welling, Erith, Greenhithe, Robertsbridge, Bexhill, Uckfield,

Types of foster placements

As a foster carer, you could offer:

  • emergency placements,
  • planned short breaks/respite support,
  • longer-term placements,
  • placements for children that have been trafficked and / or sexually exploited.

Children in need of fostering

Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) children

You can make a huge difference to the lives of children in care from African, Caribbean, Asian and mixed ethnicities.


There are a large number of teenagers who need fostering in the South – both boys and girls. We need foster carers who are willing to help young people learn practical skills for their everyday life.

Sibling groups

Sadly, one in three children are separated from their siblings when placed in foster care. We believe in the importance of keeping siblings together.

Children with challenging behaviours

Children in care may have experienced abuse in the past. Every child copes differently with trauma. We need foster carers who are willing to understand demanding behaviours.

Children with physical and/or learning disabilities

We are looking for foster carers willing to help meet the needs of children with disabilities.

Young people with babies

Some of the young people in care are mothers.

As a mother it can be difficult knowing how to look after a child. You could make a huge difference, helping a young mother at a very daunting and challenging time.

Statement of purpose

We work with local authorities to help the most vulnerable children fulfil their full potential. For more information download the relevant statement of purpose:

Contact Barnardo’s South and South East Fostering Service team

Barnardo's Brighton and Hove Link Plus
55 Drove Road
East Sussex
BN41 2PA

Telephone: 01273 295 179

Barnardo's South East Service
128 London Road
Tunbridge Wells

Telephone: 01892 510650

By choosing to become a foster carer you can make a huge difference to a child’s life – and yours.