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Types of Fostering

Foster care involves supporting a young person in your own home and can include long-term care, short term, emergency and respite care (weekends and holidays).

There are many reasons children come into care.   Many have had difficult life experiences and require a safe, stable home environment.  Several types of fostering can be offered depending on the needs of a young person.  Here we cover the 5 main ones.

Short term Fostering


This could be a few days, a few months or even longer.  Usually the young person needs a temporary place to stay until they can return to their own family or to a long term foster home.  Most of the time, a young person will move to a foster home on a short-term basis to begin with.

Long term Fostering

Short term fostering arrangements are reviewed after a period of time (usually 6-12 months) and if things are going well, the young person's plans could move to long-term fostering.  For a long term agreement, foster parents should be confident they can commit to the welfare of the young person indefinitely (or until they are adults/independent).

Fostering Siblings

Brothers and sisters often benefit most from living together and we have many referrals for siblings.  Sibling groups are normally 2 or 3 children.  They can share a bedroom if this is agreed by the placing authority following a risk assessment if appropriate.  Bear in mind that if the plans become long term, the siblings will need their own bedroom when they are older.

Emergency Fostering

These normally occur the same day a referral is made to us and are increasingly common, usually due to Court Orders or a disruption in the child’s existing foster home.  Foster carers will be available to support a young person at any time and keep them safe.  Sometimes, emergency fostering turns into short term or even long term.  It is a highly valuable resource.

Respite Fostering

Respite fostering often involves providing care for a weekend or a few weeks during school holidays.  It is common for respite to be arranged in-house, so foster carers will know a lot about the young person and what to expect.  For some newly approved carers, respite is a good place to start and helps build confidence in the fostering role.

Parent & Child Fostering

This is a specialist type of foster care and often requires additional training.  Usually inovlving a mother and baby, the foster carers supervise a mother's interactions and parenting of her child and reports their observations.

You're in good hands fostering with Family Care...

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You will be treated as a professional

You will be a crucial part of the Team Around the Child (TAC) and will be supported to deliver the highest standards of care.

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Your earnings will be career level

This allows you to focus on what matters; the young person's needs.  You can expect to receive £380 - £500 a week for each child in your home.

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The rewards of seeing young people thrive are huge

You will become more and more inspired as your skills grow and you watch the children in your home flourish.

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You will be trained to work with children therapeutically

You will receive direct support from our in-house therapy team, delivering approaches tailored to the young people in your home.

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Dedicated In-House Child Support Team

You will benefit from a team of support workers supporting the young people in your care directly.  This includes up to 20 children's activity days a year,  mental health first aid and therapeutic life story work.