Information about fostering a child

What is fostering?

Foster carers provide a place in their home and life for children who are unable to live with their own parents or family.

Fostering can provide both temporary and permanent care for a child. Fostered children usually return home after a short period however, sometimes issues cannot be resolved and their parents cannot provide safe care.

After long periods children might move from foster care to being adopted, and young people might move on to independent living.

What are the different types of fostering?

Short break fostering
Usually, people have children to stay for a short time so that families with disabled children can have a regular break. You might have a child to stay for anything from a few hours each week to a weekend a month.
Emergency fostering
This is usually up to three days. They will need to be prepared to take a child into their house in the middle of the night, for example, if a lone parent is rushed into hospital.
Short-term fostering
Short-term fostering can be anything from an overnight stay to several months. Usually short term fostering provides a safe place for a child to live, while social services work to resolve a longer term care plan.
Long-term fostering
This allows a child to grow up in a safe and supportive environment and to keep in touch with their family.

What is fostering?

Foster carers provide a place in their home and life for children who are unable to live with their own parents or family.

Fostering can provide both temporary and permanent care for a child. Fostered children usually return home after a short period however, sometimes issues cannot be resolved and their parents cannot provide safe care.

After long periods children might move from foster care to being adopted, and young people might move on to independent living.

What are the different types of fostering?

Short break fostering
Usually, people have children to stay for a short time so that families with disabled children can have a regular break. You might have a child to stay for anything from a few hours each week to a weekend a month.
Emergency fostering
This is usually up to three days. They will need to be prepared to take a child into their house in the middle of the night, for example, if a lone parent is rushed into hospital.
Short-term fostering
Short-term fostering can be anything from an overnight stay to several months. Usually short term fostering provides a safe place for a child to live, while social services work to resolve a longer term care plan.
Long-term fostering
This allows a child to grow up in a safe and supportive environment and to keep in touch with their family.

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