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.

I felt I had space in my heart and life for more children, and after talking to my family and most importantly, my son, I got in touch with Barnardo’s and have not regretted it since. I’ve done so many different things in my life, but foster caring is by far the best thing I’ve ever done.


Foster carer

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.​​​​​​

  • Foster carer Cathy Evans

    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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    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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    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.