We offer many different types of foster care placements to meet the ever-changing needs of children and young people in foster care across the UK.
Some children need a foster home for just a night or two, while others may be with their foster parents for months or even years. Equally, the challenges of fostering young children are very different when supporting teenagers or children with a disability.
This means there is a choice of ways to foster, so you’re able to find something that suits your skills, personality and family dynamic best. That way, you get more out of the experience, which means the children will too. And as your fostering career develops, you may choose to attend additional training so you're able to specialise in a certain type of fostering.
Learn about all the different types of fostering we offer below...
Types of foster care placements
Sometimes, children come into foster care at very short notice – for example, if there's domestic abuse at home. With these fostering placements, there’s very little warning and the child or young person will be with you for a very short time – perhaps even just one night.Read More
Short-term care can be anything from a night or two, a couple of weeks, and up to two years. In many cases, this will be just as long as it takes to get the child back safely together with their birth family or moved into a long-term foster placement, but there are other reasons too.Read More
Long-term foster placements provide children and young people with a stable, loving family home environment with a dedicated foster parent for at least 2 years, and often until the young person turns eighteen.Read More
Parent & child fostering
Foster parents provide a home to a young expectant mum or a vulnerable parent and their young child – not just to keep them safe, but to help them develop their parenting skills - and typically last around 12 weeks.Read More
We offer our foster parents up to 22 nights of respite per year, where other carers look after the child in their care for a night or two – or even longer - generally at weekends or during school holidays.Read More
We regularly need foster parents for siblings so we can help keep brothers and sisters together. As well as easing anxiety and stress, being together also improves their sense of identity and emotional wellbeing.Read More
Sadly, there are many teenagers in foster care who need the unconditional love and support of a foster parent, who can offer stability, guidance and support throughout this crucial stage of their life.Read More
Children with disabilities
Fostering a child with a disability can be challenging but it's also incredibly rewarding, and we provide specialist training and support to ensure you have all the skills you need to help a child thrive.Read More
When an asylum-seeking child arrives in the UK without a parent or guardian, the local authority becomes legally responsible for their health, safety and wellbeing, and will find them a suitable foster family.Read More
Ready to start your fostering journey?
One of our team is available to talk to you over the phone to answer any of your fostering queries.
You can get in touch by filling out our online enquiry form with any queries that you may have.
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