How do I become a foster carer?
The approval process requires Child, Youth and Family and Police checks, medical and personal references.
As well as completing the core preparation training, applicants are required to engage with social workers through a period of home visits in order to complete the assessment report. Approval is made on the basis of a full and complete assessment. Children and young people can only be placed once this is completed. We look for foster families who can provide a safe, nurturing and stable environment, as well as a willingness to develop their own skills and to work as part of a team with the child or young person.
Complete an enquiry form to find out more.
- About fostering
- Can anyone become a foster carer?
- What does being a foster parent involve?
- How do I become a foster carer?
- What kinds of care can I offer to children?
- What about the children?
- Why foster with Barnardos?
- What training will I get?
- What financial support will I receive?
- I am very interested, what do I do now?
- A caregiver’s story
"In practising the techniques I'm learning at this parenting course, I am amazed and astonished that they work my son is more attentive and cooperative towards myself and others."
- Dad who attended Barnardos Parenting Course