Barnet Needs
Foster Carer

Can you help a child? and your community?

Right now there is a shortage of foster carers in and around Barnet, there are around 205 children and teenagers in the borough who are with or need foster families. That’s why we’re looking for dedicated people to help change their lives.

Young people come into care for many different reasons, but they all have the same thing in common, they need stable homes and loving people to take care of them.

Fostering isn’t always easy, like anything worth doing in life, it takes a lot of hard work, but you really can make a difference…

It might surprise you to learn that someone carers are paid as much as £100 less to foster with other agencies, this is because GLF believes that as you the carer is the one doing the hard work, you need to be well compensated. We couldn’t do this without you, so we want to make sure you know this.

Our fostering payment is a weekly amount of money, which includes the costs for caring for a child, as well as a reward element. We avoid making one off payments for things like birthdays, as we think it’s simpler and more straight forward to give you a fixed weekly fee.

GLF carers currently receive the following amounts:

  • £425 To care for a child 0-10
  • £450 To care for a child aged 11+
  • £550-1600 for more enhanced children, who’s needs are significantly higher or more complex.

Andrea’s story

“Your most important job is to keep everyone safe. At the end of the placement, when everyone is happier and more positive than when they first arrived, it makes those challenges worth it.

I’ve fostered a number a babies over the years. In particular, one baby was withdrawing from drugs and alcohol, as well as having a disability. You can imagine the joy I felt when he left us, nearly walking – after being told he might never be able to.

I’ve had a great time fostering and if you have the patience and love to give, then go for it.”


You probably have a lot of questions about fostering.

Luckily we have a lot of experience, so can usually answer them honestly. We are really happy to have an informal chat with you, about fostering, whether you are suitable, and what it’s really like. So why not arrange a 15 minute call – we promise you it will save you several hours of searching the internet for answers, plus, we really love talking to people about fostering.