Barnardo’s has supported the LGBT+ community for decades.

We proudly believe that any loving person can make a wonderful foster carer to a child in need.

We welcome people from all walks of life to apply and have supported LGBTQ+ foster carers for many years. We believe that if we have a diverse group of foster carers, we can better match children and young people to their perfect home.

So many children are in need of good homes and we really wanted to help make a difference to a child’s life. I would advise anyone considering fostering or adoption to follow their heart.  It has been the most rewarding thing Fay and I have ever done and we have also got back so much in return. I would say be brave and go for it.

Barnardo's foster carer

Read more of our Fostering stories here.


We've compiled a number of resources to explain more about fostering, from stages of fostering and LGBTQ+ fostering rights through to stories from LGBTQ+ parents who have fostered through Barnardo’s. Hopefully this information will answer all your questions, but you still have queries or are interested in fostering with us, the first thing to do is fill in our online enquiry form.

Barnardo’s is a member of New Family Social Network, the UK’s peer support network for adopters and foster carers who are LGBTQ+.

When you adopt through Barnardo’s, you become a member of the NFS network meaning you’ll have access to dedicated online forums and a wealth of events held across the country – some for all the family and some are for the parents only.

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    Fostering FAQ 

    Potential foster carers often have a number of questions about who can foster and what to expect, so we've busted some myths about the requirements of fostering with us.​​​

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    Fostering journey

    We understand the decision to foster is a huge step and we'll provide you with support every step of the way. Find out more about the journey to fostering.

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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.