Fostering in Southern and South East England

Too many children may never experience the stability that many of us took for granted as children because there are not enough foster carers to look after them. Safe and loving foster care can help to give some of the most vulnerable children in the South and South East the futures they deserve.

We believe you can foster - and so should you.

Children in need of fostering

Teenagers
There are a large number of teenagers in South and South East England who need to be fostered – both boys and girls. If you can help young people to learn practical skills for their everyday life, you could make a huge difference to a local teenager's future.

Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) children
We are keen to hear from prospective foster carers who could provide love, safety and stability to Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) children in care.

Sibling groups
Sadly, one in three children are separated from their siblings when placed in foster care. We believe it's important to keep brothers and sisters in care together, and you could help by fostering sibling groups.

Children with challenging behaviours
Children in care have often experienced heartbreaking things and each child copes differently with trauma. We need foster carers who can see past demanding behaviour and offer a child the love and support they deserve.

Children with physical and/or learning disabilities
We are looking for foster carers who can help meet the needs of children with disabilities.

Young people with babies
Some of the young people in care have young children of their own, but may not have had the role models they needed to develop good parenting skills. You could make a huge difference by helping a young mother and her child at a very daunting and challenging time.

Fostering in Southern and South East England

We’re particularly interested in hearing from people in the following areas:

EAST AND WEST SUSSEX
Brighton, Eastbourne, Hailsham, Hassocks, Henfield, Hove, Lewis, Newhave, Peacehaven, Peavensey, Polegate, Seaford and Worthing.

ESSEX
Chelmsford, Ingatestone, Witham, Maldon, Billericay, Brentwood, Colchester, Hayes, Stanway, Boxted, Tiptree, Coggeshall, Brightlingsea, Great Bentley, Wivenhoe, Polstead, Hockley, Rayleigh, Wickford, Basildon (Not Southend), Romford and Dagenham.

HAMPSHIRE / BUCKS / SURREY
Reading, Henley-on-Thames, Bracknell, Newbury, Basingstoke, Wokingham, Crowthorne, Redhill, Reigate, Betchworth, Dorking, Gatwick, Horley, Lingfield, Oxsted, Godstone, Crawley, Horsham, Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, Forest Row, East Grinstead, Guildford, Godalming, Camberley, Bagshot, Windlesham, Woking, Fleet, Slough, Windsor, Ascot, Maidenhead, Marlow, Bourne End, Esher, Walton-on-Thames, Weybridge, West Byfleet, Addlestone, Chertsey, Epsom, Ashsted and Leatherhead.

IPSWICH
Ipswich and immediate areas

KENT
Rochester, Chatham, Aylesford, Gillingham, Dartford, Longfield, Bexley, Welling, Erith, Greenhithe, Robertsbridge, Bexhill and Uckfield,

Types of foster placement

As a foster carer, you could offer:

  • long term placements
  • emergency placements
  • planned short breaks (respite care)
  • placements for children that have been trafficked and / or sexually exploited.

Statement of purpose

We work with local authorities to help the most vulnerable children fulfil their full potential. For more information download the relevant statement of purpose:

Contact Barnardo’s South and South East Fostering Service team

Barnardo's Brighton and Hove Link Plus
55 Drove Road
Portslade
Brighton
East Sussex
BN41 2PA

Telephone: 01273 295 179

Barnardo's South East Service
128 London Road
Southborough
Tunbridge Wells
Kent
TN4 OPL

Telephone: 01892 510650

By choosing to become a foster carer you can make a huge difference to a child’s life – and yours.