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Fostering disabled children

Becoming a foster carer for a disabled child can seem quite daunting, but we are here to provide you with the specialist training, support and guidance you need to help ensure that together, we can give the child the support they need to thrive.

Caring for a child with physical disabilities, medical conditions or learning difficulties can be a very rewarding role. You will be helping a child with additional needs to live life to the fullest – giving them the help and support they need to reach their potential.

As a Barnardo’s foster carer, you don’t need to choose between fostering children with or without a disability, but be open to considering any child according to your own skills and experience. Support and ongoing specialist training is provided to foster carers willing to undertake this often highly rewarding work. You will also receive extra relevant training, supervision and a fostering allowance when caring for a child with disabilities.

This type of foster care may be of particular interest to people who are in the health, social, education or youth professions, or new and existing foster carers interested in developing new skills. 

If you are thinking of fostering disabled children, we’d love to hear from you.

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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.

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    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 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.