What is long term fostering?
Long term fostering is a type of fostering placement which provides children and young people a secure and stable foster family who will care for them on a long term basis, often until the child or young person turns 18.
Long term foster care placements are carefully planned and regularly reviewed with a focus on the child or young person building positive, trusting relationships with the foster family and ensuring stability within their foster home. Continuing contact with their birth family is also important in maintaining their wellbeing and so where appropriate, foster parents support regular contact and communication with parents, siblings and other family members.
Benefits of long term fostering placements
Being a long term foster parent is hugely rewarding, as you get to see how far a child or a young person has come since being in your foster care. Often, children will remain a part of your life even after they leave foster care when reaching adulthood. Many foster parents attend weddings, university graduations and watch them bring up their own children. It can also be a truly enriching experience for your own children, as they learn valuable life lessons around empathy, sharing and caring for others.
Long term fostering allowances
When you join ISP, you’ll receive a weekly fostering allowance when a young person is placed with you – from £438 - £579 per week, depending on your experience and area. This fee comprises of two elements; a child allowance to cover all expenditure in relation to the child in your care and a foster parent fee to reward you for undertaking the fostering task.
You’ll also receive a holiday and summer activity allowance to encourage enriching life experiences for young people in foster care.
Short-term foster care
Caring for a child on a short-term basis, from a night or two and up to two years, and often required while care proceedings are ongoing.
Emergency foster care
Providing a home for a child who has been taken into care quickly due to an immediate threat to their safety or wellbeing.
Respite foster care
Supporting a foster family who may be experiencing difficulties or in need of a break, by providing temporary care for a child. This is often 1 or 2 nights but may be longer in some circumstances.
Children with a disability
Providing specialist care to a child with a disability; this could be a child with complex medical needs, such as tube fed, limited mobility, full self-care needs, or a child with low functioning autism.
Parent & child fostering
Providing vulnerable parents with the skills and knowledge they need to provide a safe and nurturing environment for a baby and meeting their ever-changing needs.
Other types of fostering
As well as long term foster care, there are a number of other types of placements, including: