Fostering – open your heart and home

We need existing and new foster carers to work with our fostering team

Fostering isn’t just a career, it’s a way of life and one that involves changing children’s lives forever. Foster carers provide children with a start in life that they may not have had.

Our fostering team is on the lookout for new people to join them and help provide that loving home that children need. If you join our fostering team you will receive high levels of training and excellent support  as well as a competitive fee structure.

You you could receive up to £454 per child per week as a foster carer for Barking and Dagenham Council.

We ensure that children in care are not disrupted too much by placing them with carers who live close by, which allows the children to stay at their school and be near to familiar surroundings. Foster carers come from all backgrounds and it doesn’t matter if you’re single, in a relationship or married..

As a foster carer you will have an important role in helping a child (or children) to understand what is happening to them and provide love and stability at a difficult time in their lives.

Fostering booklet

Read our fostering booklet for more information

Support for foster carers

We appreciate that fostering can be a demanding task and are committed to providing our foster carers with the support that they need. In total we provide 84 days of training, including neglect, abuse and finance training.

Our fostering service also includes:

  • Talking to our current carers and redesigning our support services to ensure they are what carers want
  • Working toward all foster carers obtaining a nationally recognised NVQ qualification in childcare
  • Once approved, all foster carers are allocated a dedicated fostering social worker to support carers and to help them identify their learning needs

As part of a team we welcome ideas for improving support and training from foster carers.


Whilst money is not everything, we are committed to ensuring that our foster carers are paid enough to cover the costs involved in looking after a child. The amount paid to each foster carer is calculated on an individual basis according to the age of the child.

Enquire about becoming a foster carer
Fostering Team

020 8227 5988 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm), 020 8227 5949 (out of hours)