What is respite foster care?
Respite foster care provides a short break for other foster parents. This kind of placement is planned in advance and can be a day or two at the weekend, or up to a couple of weeks.
Our foster parents receive up to two weeks respite every year, where one of our respite carers looks after the children in their care. Wherever possible, we'll arrange for the child to stay with the same respite carer who they've already built a positive, trusting relationship with, so even when they're living away from their foster home, they still have that all-important stability.
Respite is carefully planned around the child's need and generally takes place at weekends or during school holidays. Though respite fostering is available to all foster parents, it’s especially valuable to people who look after children with disabilities, special educational needs or behavioural challenges. The idea is to provide a safe loving home for the child – ideally with people they know – so they don’t experience too much disruption. This change of scene can also be good for the child’s learning experience.
Respite fostering pay
You’ll receive a generous respite fostering allowance while a child is in your care, designed to recognise your professionalism and commitment.
Respite foster care payments cover the cost of caring for a child or young person while providing you with a professional fee so that you can dedicate your time to fulfilling the needs of children in care, rather than seeking additional employment - although, some may still wish to work and foster.
Plus, you'll have access to our rewards platform where you can find hundreds of discounts to some of your favourite shops, restaurants and family experiences.
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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