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 which helps meet the needs of children and young people needing a foster home.
Whether you’re single or married, renting or owning, and whatever your sexual orientation – it doesn't matter.
All you need is to:
- be 21 or over,
- have a spare bedroom,
- have the time and commitment to care for a child or young person.
It’s also important that carers can offer a smoke-free environment.
Read more about Nichol’s story here.
People often rule themselves out of fostering because of the many myths surrounding fostering, such as 'I can't foster if I'm single' or 'I can't foster if I'm gay' or 'I can't foster if I don't have my own children'.
Check out our 'Fostering FAQ’ page to help dispel some of these myths.
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.
A few of our foster carers talk about their experience of fostering with Barnardo's in a selection of written accounts and videos.
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.