Our foster parents provide a variety of different types of foster care placements to meet the individual needs of the children and young people in care. Some children may only need a foster home for a night or two in an emergency, others may remain in foster care for several months, years or until they reach adulthood.
There are lots of different ways that you can help to change a child’s life – find out about the different types of fostering below.
Short term fostering
Provides children in care with a safe and loving home when they’re no longer able to stay with their family. This could be for a night or two and up to two years, and often required while care proceedings are ongoing.
Long term fostering
Offers a more permanent home to a child, which often lasts until they turn 18 and able to live an independent adult life. This placement type provides great stability to young people in care as they remain with a single, dedicated foster family who will care for them for many years.
Respite foster care
Provides vital support to foster families by giving them a short break from fostering, while the child in their care stays with their respite foster parent. Generally, respite care is for 1 or 2 nights – sometimes a little longer – and tends to take place over the weekend and during the school holidays.
There are many children in foster care who have a wide range of disabilities that impact their ability to engage in everyday activities, look after themselves and thrive. This includes sensory disabilities, learning difficulties and mobility problems.
Parent and child
Parent and child foster parents welcome vulnerable mothers – sometimes fathers too – into their home and provide them with the practical skills they need to care for their child. This type of foster care placement typically last around 12 weeks but can sometimes last longer depending on the needs of the parent and child.
Supports young people who have often travelled great distances without their parents to flee war, political violence and exploitation, and seek asylum in the UK.
There’s a significant number of teenagers in care who urgently need a foster family to support them through this crucial stage of their life. Foster parents will need to be patient, nurturing, reliable, trustworthy and committed to guiding and supporting the young person through their adolescence.
Who can become a foster parent?
We’re looking for individuals from all walks of life to join our fostering family. You don’t need to have experience with young people, but a positive attitude and the determination to make a life-changing difference are essential.
If you meet the following initial requirements, then we’d love to speak to you:
- You are over 21 years old
- You have a spare bedroom
- You have a legal right to work in the UK
- You have the time, energy and passion to transform a child’s life