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Types of fostering placement

Every foster carer’s journey is different. That’s because every looked-after child is too.

What kind of fostering is right for me?

There are all sorts of reasons why children come into care and each has their own life story. By offering a range of placement types, we can tailor our care to meet the specific needs of each child or young person.

The kind of fostering placement you offer depends on your circumstances and your personal preferences, but usually our foster carers are able to offer more than one.

Short-term fostering

Caring for a child or young person on a temporary basis for a few days, weeks, months or sometimes years while arrangements are made for their future is called short-term fostering. It may be necessary as the result of a child’s parent becoming ill, or in the case of a family breakdown or court proceedings.

Short-term fostering typically involves more contact with the child’s birth family than other kinds of fostering.

Long-term fostering

Fostering long-term means looking after a child or young person on a permanent basis. This type of placement is often used when a child has already been in care and is deemed too old for adoption, or prefers not to be adopted. from other foster care agencies.

Respite fostering

Respite fostering involves a child or young person going to stay with another foster carer while their regular carer takes a short break – just for the weekend or a little longer. Our full-time foster carers can provide this kind of care when they have a vacancy or a break between placements.

Restart fostering

This is a specialist placement that helps young people make the transition from living in institutional care – such as a children’s home – to a family environment. Restart fostering is ideally suited to experienced foster carers or those with residential care experience. For more information, please go to our dedicated restart fostering section.

Sanctuary-seeking fostering

Sanctuary-seeking children and young people have usually been separated from their families and are applying for asylum in the UK. Young people like this will have often travelled long distances. They may not speak English and can be frightened or confused, so it helps if the foster carer shares a common language, cultural values and religion. Of course, experience in working with people from other cultures is just as valid.
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