Fostering in Scotland

We’re looking for new foster carers in Scotland to provide loving and stable care to vulnerable children. Together, we make a huge difference to the lives of young people in our care.

When you choose to foster with Barnardo’s, you benefit from over 100 years' professional experience of helping disadvantaged children to thrive. We provide the very best support so that you can carry out your role with confidence.

Why foster with Barnardo’s Scotland?

As a Barnardo’s foster carer you:

  • are supported by a charity with 150 years’ experience of working with children - childcare professionals from across Barnardo’s are here to help
  • join a network of over 200 Barnardo’s foster carers in Scotland
  • have a dedicated social worker to support you through the journey, ensuring the best fostering match for you and your family.
  • can participate in group activities to help you, your birth children and foster children bond.
  • receive ongoing training and development
  • can access local out-of-hours support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Support Package

When you foster with Barnardo's Scotland, you benefit from:

  • competitive fees and allowances
  • the opportunity to progress through three levels, with increasing fees, as you become more experienced and skilled
  • a paid retainer to support you between placements.

“Anyone considering becoming a foster carer should expect some ups and downs, we’ve had our stormy days and sunny days, but Barnardo’s Scotland has been right by our side, very supportive, we can’t praise them highly enough. And the downs are positive too, you learn from them, you grow as a person when you become a foster carer, you realise you have all these different skills you weren’t aware of." Jules and Jon Davison, Inverurie, Scotland

Children in need of fostering

We are in need of foster carers across Scotland who are able to give a safe home to:

  • sibling groups
  • teenagers
  • children with physical and / or learning disabilities
  • children with challenging behaviours

Care service inspection reports

Our services are regulated and inspected by the Care Inspectorate to make sure we meet the right care standards. To read our care service inspection report click the links below:

Contact Us

Barnardo’s has fostering services in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen.  

Barnardo’s Aberdeen Fostering Service
20 Carden Place
AB10 1UQ

Telephone: 01224 624090

Barnardo’s Dundee Fostering Service
Unit C, The Software Centre
Gemini Crescent

Telephone: 01382 561900

Barnardo’s Edinburgh Fostering Service
Birch House
10 Bankhead Crossway South
EH11 4EP

Telephone: 0131 453 8420

Barnardo’s Glasgow Fostering Service
Academy Park
Building 10000
Gower Street
G51 1PR

Telephone: 0141 419 4700
Office hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm