At Barnardo’s, we welcome prospective foster carers from all walks of life.
Our foster carers are from various backgrounds, nationalities, religions and ages. And whether you are single or married, male or female, a homeowner or renting, straight, lesbian, gay, trans or bisexual, it doesn't matter. We believe you can be a foster carer and so should you.
You do, however, need to meet a few minimum criteria to be considered. You must:
If you decide to apply to become a foster carer, we will also consider:
Your health – as part of the fostering process, your medical health will be checked. Not all disabilities or medical conditions will stop you from fostering.
If you have children – we will discuss with you how you’ll meet the needs of a foster child as well as your existing children.
If you have a partner – your relationship will be assessed to make sure a child will be placed in a stable home.
If you smoke – it is unlikely that a young child will be placed in a home where there are smokers due to the significant health risks of smoking and passive smoking.
Your criminal record - as part of the fostering process we will do a police check. Not all criminal convictions will stop you from fostering, but people with a history of sexual offences and/or cruelty to children will not be considered.
Your finances – you will receive a fostering allowance, this will cover food, clothing, travel expenses, household expenses and gifts. As a carer you will also receive a professional fee from Barnardo’s. State pensions may be available for foster carers.