Barnardos Fostering & Adoption North East

Adoption and Fostering

Barnardos Fostering & Adoption North East

1 Lumley Court, Drum Industrial Estate, Chester le Street, Tyne and Wear, DH2 1AN  (Show me directions)

0191 49...Landline    Landline   

  Monday to Friday: 09:00 to 17:00 , Saturday to Sunday: Closed





We offer adoption, long term and permanent fostering, short term and emergency fostering and Short Break Care. We also offer specialist fostering services including placements for children who are sexually exploited and trafficked, children and young people on Remand and children requiring therapeutic placements.. As a fostering and adoption agency we help local authorities place children who might otherwise not find permanent families. We also offer Concurrent Planning or Foster to Adopt for babies aged 0-2 years. Please see our website for more information.

We believe that every child has a right to family life and Barnardo’s has a successful history of placing children in new adoptive families and foster families.

At Barnardo’s we:
Help keep brothers and sisters together.
Place children with physical and/or learning disabilities.
Find families for black and other ethnic minority children of all ages.
Place older children.
Help to increase choice and reduce delays for children who need families.

As the UK’s leading children’s charity, Barnardo’s believes that by providing the right help, committed support, and belief, even the most vulnerable children can turn their lives around.
We also believe in our foster carers, providing high levels of guidance and support, working as a team to ensure both the needs of the foster parent and child are met.

As a Barnardo’s foster carer you can expect a comprehensive training and support package to ensure your placement is successful for you and the child. You will also receive guidance throughout the process of becoming a foster carer and a fostering allowance to cover the cost of child care.

There’s no such thing as a typical foster carer – they are a diverse group of people who come from many different backgrounds. They do however all have one thing in – the ability to provide a safe, loving, stable home environment to help a child grow and develop.
Putting the child’s interests first is our priority at Barnardo’s – we therefore welcome all applications regardless of race, religion, sexuality or marital status.

We know that the decision to become a foster carer is a big one. Throughout the process of fostering, Barnardo's will be there to support and guide you every step of the way.


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We chose Barnardo’s because of the good reputation

We chose Barnardo’s because of the good reputation built over many years and the belief and value placed upon the child as paramount in meeting their needs

Amanda & Yvonne, same-sex foster carers. on 23 March 2014

I was so proud.

One of the most memorable things for me was when one of our first foster children asked me to give her away. I was so proud.

Norman, Foster Carer For 30 Years on 24 January 2013

The rewards outweigh the difficult times

It’s the hardest job you’ll ever do but the rewards outweigh the difficult times. When I hear “I love you, Liz”, it makes it all worthwhile.

Liz, Foster Carer For Disabled Child on 6 December 2011

Best thing we’ve ever done

Adopting Billy was the best thing we’ve ever done.

Catherine Who Adopted A Child With Down’s Syndrome on 26 January 2013

The reward is phenomenal

To anyone who is thinking about adopting, I would say go for it. The reward is phenomenal. I will never forget the first time I met our little girl, the first time she called us mummy and daddy, the first time she said I love you.

Lindsey And Peter Who Adopted A 2-year-old on 10 November 2012

They’re our mam and dad.

They’re our mam and dad.

Foster children T & A on 6 February 2010

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