Why Foster?

Types of Fostering

‘The mind-set is refreshing; the value base is all about the children’

(Ofsted report 2016)

Short-term fostering

Involves caring for a child or young person on a temporary or short term basis. This could be anything from a few weeks up to two years. Short term care may be required because there are emergency proceedings, because the child is near the age of 18, because a parent becomes ill or for a number of different reasons.


Long-term fostering

This involves caring for a child until they reach the age of 18 and are able to move into independent living. This type of placement is usually used when a Local Authority have a Care Order for a child and want them to have a permanent place to live.


Respite fostering

This involves looking after a child whilst their main carer is unable to due to illness or holiday. This will normally be for a few days up to a couple of weeks.


Parent and child fostering

This is a specialist placement involving a carer looking after a parent (normally a mother) and their child at a time when they need additional advice and support. This might involve the carer giving parenting advice and possibly contributing to an assessment of the young person’s parenting abilities.


Remand fostering

This is a specialized type of fostering to help young people who are in the criminal justice system and as an alternative to being placed in a young offenders institution.


Transitions fostering

These placements are designed to help young people make the transition from residential living such as in a children’s home to a family environment.


Emergency Placements

In these circumstances there has usually been little time to undertake any introductions or planning and usually take place within 24 hours of request for a foster Family. We run a 24 hour service so are able to place a child anytime day or night.


Sibling Groups

Wherever possible we try to ensure that sibling relationships are maintained. 

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