Types of Fostering

Children come into foster care for a variety of reasons. Some children need a foster home for just a couple of weeks, while others may need to remain for many years until they reach 18.

Our foster parents provide different types of foster care placements to meet the needs of these children. Placements include short-term, long-term, emergency or respite, parent and child fostering and more.

Finding a placement type that’s right for you

Discover more about each of the different placement types below, to find which may suit you and your family best. Our friendly fostering advisors are also on hand to help you understand more about each – simply fill out our online form and we’ll be in touch.

types of fostering

Long Term Fostering

Many foster children need to be looked after under arrangements where the duration is indefinite and may last for years – sometimes up until adulthood.

These longer placements are carefully planned and regularly reviewed with attention paid to continuing relationships with family members, where appropriate, as well as stability in the foster placement and developing permanence plans.

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Short Term Fostering

Short term placements are for children who, for various reasons, need care for periods ranging from a couple of weeks to a couple of years.

The intention of short-term placements is that the child or young person will return to their family, be bridged to adoption or a suitable long term foster placement, or supported through to independence (for older young people).

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Parent & Child Fostering

Some foster parents care for a parent and their child to help develop parenting skills. These placements can be pre-birth placements or for a parent who needs additional support in understanding their child’s development and responding to their changing needs.

During this time, their ability to meet the child’s needs will be assessed by the local authority to ensure the child’s health and wellbeing.

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Specialist Placements

We also offer a variety of placements and training to care for children with specialist needs, ranging from those with disabilities, to children who have come to the UK seeking asylum.

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Emergency Fostering

This is when a new home is required immediately for a child, due to it being unsafe for them to stay where they are. These are often short notice placements and can happen at any time.

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Respite Care

A short-term placement that’s suitable for those who want to make a difference to a child, but unable to care for a child on a full-time basis. This type of placement often takes place at the weekend or school holidays to provide a break to existing foster parents.