long term fostering

Long term fostering

Long term fostering gives children a safe, loving home with a dedicated foster parent until they reach 18.

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What is long term fostering?

Long term fostering is a type of fostering placement that provides children and young people with 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.

Just starting to think about fostering?

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Long term fostering allowances

You’ll receive a weekly fostering allowance when a young person is placed with you – from £524 - £664 per week, depending on your experience and where you live.

This fee comprises of two elements;

  • A child allowance to cover all expenditure in relation to the child in your care
  • 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.

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Who can become a foster parent?

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. The initial requirements are:

  • 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

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How to become a foster parent

The first step is to fill out our online form and we’ll be in touch to talk to you about the role, answer any questions and take a few details from you to check you meet the initial criteria to foster.

We’ll then arrange to visit you at home, so you can learn more about the work we do and give us the opportunity to get to know you better. You’ll then need to complete an application form and, if accepted, you’ll start your full fostering assessment.

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How long is long-term foster care?

Long-term fostering means looking after a child on a long-term basis, which can last up until they reach 18 years old or longer on a 'Staying Put' arrangement to help them transition into adulthood and independent living.

When such strong bonds are developed over a long period of time, it’s normal that the foster family remains a key part of the young person’s life, even after leaving care.

What’s the difference between short & long-term fostering?

Short-term fostering can last a few nights, several months or a couple of years. The placements are never designed to be permanent, and the foster family will support the child until they are ready to return to their birth family or move to a long-term foster family.

Long-term fostering supports a child over the course of several years or until they reach 18 years old.

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