COVID-19 statement

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak we are not holding events or undertaking visits we are however still very keen to speak with you and are able to answer questions by phone or email. Please do therefore complete the online – enquiry form and we will get back to you. We can also offer lots of information that we normally give at our fostering information events.

Ever thought about fostering? 

You could give a home to a vulnerable child when they need it most. It’s about giving them a safe, secure place to live for a few weeks, months or even years. 

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Fostering is a really important role that can get a child through a difficult time. Your love and support can make a huge difference to their life – and to yours. 

And you won't be alone: we will give you all the specialist support you need.

Did you know?

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Nearly 90%

of our foster carers said the reason they continue to foster is wanting to make a difference to the lives of children in care.

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of our foster carers want to give children the chance to be part of their families.

Fostering resources

  • Young person with foster parent

    Who can foster

    We welcome foster carers from all walks of life. Our carers come from a variety of backgrounds and have different life experiences, skills and qualities.

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    Fostering near me

    Our team of dedicated social workers will support you throughout the whole of your fostering journey. Our fostering services are placed right around the UK.

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    Types of foster care

    There are many different kinds of foster care, specific to each child's situation. Find out more about the many ways you can provide care for a child who needs your help.

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    Fostering stories

    A few of our foster carers talk about their experience of fostering with Barnardo's in a selection of written accounts and videos.

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    Fostering journey

    We understand the decision to foster is a huge step and we'll provide you with support every step of the way. Find out more about the journey to fostering.

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    Become a foster carer

    The first step towards joining the Barnardo's family is getting in touch. Complete our online form or find details about alternative contact methods here.