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Types Of Fostering

Sep 25


When children need Foster Care for a few nights

Short term:

When Foster Carers look after children for a few weeks or months while plans are made for the child’s future.

Short breaks/respite:

When children with special needs or children with behavioural difficulties regularly stay for a short period of time with a family so that their parents or usual foster carers can have a break.

Special needs fostering:

Children needing Foster Care include those with medical conditions or physical or learning disabilities, such as autism, hyperactivity, attention deficits, or reading difficulties.

Remand Fostering:

When young people or teenagers are remanded by a court to be cared for by specially trained foster carers.

Long term Foster care:

Not all children who have to live permanently away from their birth families need to be adopted, so instead they can go into long term foster care.

Family and friends/Kinship foster care:

A child who is the responsibility of the local authority goes to live with someone they already know, which usually means a family member, such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers or sisters.

Mother and baby:

Usually a mother and her child are placed with foster carers to keep the child and mother safe and often to provide a foster care assessment of the mother’s parenting skills.

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