Long Term Placements

Long term fostering tends to be when the long-term care plan is known for the child (who is not returning back to their family) and they will stay in long term fostering until they become adults. A majority of 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.

These 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.