Why Foster?

Types of Fostering

‘The mind-set is refreshing; the value base is all about the children’

(Ofsted report 2016)

Short-term fostering

Involves caring for a child or young person on a temporary or short term basis. This could be anything from a few weeks up to two years. Short term care may be required because there are emergency care proceedings, or for a number of different reasons.

Long-term fostering

This involves caring for a child until they reach the age of 18 and are able to move into independent living or staying put. This type of placement is usually used when a Local Authority have a Care Order for a child and want them to have a permanent place to live.

Respite fostering

This involves looking after a child whilst their main carer takes a break. This will normally be for a few days up to a couple of weeks.

Parent and child fostering

This is a specialist placement involving a carer looking after a parent (normally a mother) and their child  or children at a time when they need additional advice and support. This might involve the carer giving parenting advice and possibly contributing to an assessment of the parenting abilities.

Remand fostering

This is a specialized type of fostering to help young people who are in the criminal justice system and as an alternative to being placed in a young offenders institution.

Transitions fostering

These placements are designed to help young people make the transition from residential living such as in a children’s home to a family environment.

Emergency Placements

In these circumstances there has usually been little time to undertake any introductions or planning and usually take place within 24 hours of request for a foster Family. 

Sibling Groups

Wherever possible we try to ensure that sibling relationships are maintained. 

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