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.
We’re particularly interested in hearing from people in the following areas:
EAST AND WEST SUSSEX
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).
HAMPSHIRE / BUCKS / SURREY
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, Farnborough, 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, Snodland, Gillingham, Sittingbourne, Maidstone.
Dartford, Longfield, Bexley, Welling, Erith, Greenhithe.
Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay, Birchington, Westgate, Margate, Broadstairs, Ramsgate.
Tunbridge Wells, wadhurst, Crowborough, Hartfield, edenbridge, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Westerham, Cranbrook, Etchingham, Mayfield, Heathfield, Uckfield, Ashford, Tenterden, Rye, Robertsbridge, Battle, Hastings, Winchelsea, St. Leonards, Bexhill.
As a foster carer, you could offer:
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.
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.
We work with local authorities to help the most vulnerable children fulfil their full potential. For more information download the relevant statement of purpose:
Barnardo's Brighton and Hove Link Plus
55 Drove Road
Telephone: 01273 295 179
Barnardo's South East Service
128 London Road
Telephone: 01892 510650
By choosing to become a foster carer you can make a huge difference to a child’s life – and yours.