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.
All of our foster carers are different and each brings a unique set of strengths and skills to the role. We consider all of our applicants on an individual basis - whether you're single or a couple, straight or LGBTQ+, disabled, a homeowner or renting, or whatever your religious or cultural background is, we believe you can foster.
All you need is to:
- be at least 21 years-old
- have a spare bedroom big enough for a child or young person to live in
- to be a full-time resident in the UK or have leave to remain
- to be able to give the time to care for a child or young person
It’s also important that carers can offer a smoke-free environment.
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.