Long Term Placements

What is long term fostering?

Long term fostering provides a child, who will not be returning back to their family, with a committed foster family who will care for them until they reach adulthood.

Most foster children will start with a short term care plan, and then once they finish going through care proceedings or court hearings it will be decided whether they go back to their birth family or remain in long term foster care.

Growing up in one single foster home offers a great deal of stability to a young person and helps them to establish a greater sense of belonging within the family and wider community.

How long is long term foster care?

Long term foster care allows children to settle into a stable, loving home until they reach 18, where they may decide to move to a staying put arrangement with their foster family.

What’s the difference between long term fostering and adoption?

Long term foster care placements allow children who can’t or don’t wish to be adopted, to live in a stable, caring family environment until they become adults. Unlike with adoption, the children remain the legal responsibility of the local authority, and fostering payments continue to be supplied to the foster carer.

Learn about other types of fostering placements.