Types of Fostering

Children come into foster care for a variety of different reasons and each will have there own requirements from a foster care placement.

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.  Children may also need specialist care to support with a disability or if seeking asylum.

Learn about the different types of foster care placements below to find out which is right for you.

Long Term Placements

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 Placements

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 Placements

Some foster parents provide accommodation for parents and their children, so parenting skills can be developed and assessed by the local authority.

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.

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Specialist Placements

Specialist placements are for children with certain needs, ranging from those with disabilities, to children who have come to the UK seeking asylum.

More about Specialist placements