Short term fostering

Short-term fostering

Short-term foster care provides children with a safe family home environment on a temporary basis when they're not able to stay at home.

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Short-term fostering is just one of the different types of foster placements we offer at Orange Grove. It’s ideal for people who’d enjoy creating strong bonds with a large number of different children and playing a part in transforming the lives of them all.

Short-term foster care can last anywhere between 1 night and 2 years and is the most common type of fostering in the UK. There are a wide number of reasons it’s needed, including the short-term illness of a parent, or because a child is awaiting adoption or the development of a long-term plan for their care.

Sometimes a short-term foster carer is needed because a child or young person is awaiting court proceedings or is approaching the age of 18 when they step into independent adult life. Most frequently, it’s needed because children across the country are identified as 'at-risk' and are taken out of their homes while care plans and other initiatives are put into place.

Here, the idea is always to get the child back together with their birth family, but it’s sometimes impossible to know how long this will take. In all of these cases, we rely on our dedicated team of short-term foster parents across our fostering agency.

Short term foster care

What’s involved in short-term fostering?

As with any fostering role, the job of a short-term foster parent is to provide a secure, stable environment for a child who’s likely feeling anything but secure and stable.

It means supporting and nurturing them through a difficult time and making sure they get to school and have a range of positive life experiences. It also involves helping them maintain contact – where possible – with their birth family.

If the child is due for adoption, foster parents will also help support this process, including facilitating visits. In some cases, short-term fostering placements turn into longer-term ones, if everyone agrees that this is the best thing for the child in care.

short term fostering pay

Short-term fostering pay

You’ll receive a generous fostering allowance while a child is in your care, designed to recognise your professionalism and commitment. We also offer other benefits, such as allowances for birthdays and religious festivals, as well as two weeks paid respite.

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.  

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Are you suited to short-term foster care?

To be a short-term foster parent, you’ll need all the skills and qualities all carers need, together with the ability to form quick and effective bonds with a wide range of children and young people in care.

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Other types of foster care

long term fostering


Long-term fostering provides children with the stability of a single foster family right through to adulthood.

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emergency foster care


This type of fostering provides care to a vulnerable child in an emergency, such as domestic violence. 

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respite foster care


Respite carers provide foster parents with a chance to rest, while they take care of the children for a night or two. 

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Parent and child fostering

Parent & child

Foster parents provide a home to a young expectant mum or a vulnerable parent and their young child.

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