Short Term Fostering

Many children who come into care will need a short term foster placement until they’re able to return home, or a longer-term care plan has been established, such as permanency or adoption.

There are many reasons why a child may come into foster care and need a short-term placement. Some children may be going through care proceedings. Other times, a parent may not be able to care for their child due to illness, so a short term foster home is required. 

Short term fostering is incredibly important as it provides a child with a safe and stable family environment, while they’re unable to live at home.  

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What’s Involved in Short Term Fostering?

In short-term fostering, a child may live with a foster parent for a single night, or up to 2 years, depending on the circumstances and legal situation.

During this time, a foster parent may need to:

  • Nurture a child emotionally while they’re going through a difficult transitional period.  
  • Encourage good attendance at school so the child has some continuity.
  • Promote positive contact with the child’s birth family to support the child returning home.
  • Introduce the child to their new family over a number of sessions, if the long-term plan is adoption or long-term foster care.

Sometimes, children placed with a foster family on a short-term basis can go on to remain with them long-term.

Short Term Fostering Pay

Foster parents receive a generous weekly fostering allowance, which includes a child allowance and a professional fee for their hard work and commitment.

We also offer other benefits, such as holiday, birthday and religious festival allowances, plus a new start-up placement payment.

Other Placement Types

There are different types of foster placements, including long term fostering, emergency and respite, parent and child, specialist fostering and more.

If you’re interested in becoming a foster parent and would like to learn more, then we’d love to hear from you. Simply fill in our online form and one of our friendly fostering advisors will be in touch.