Different types of fostering

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Fostering is flexible and can be worked around your availability and lifestyle. Here are the different types of fostering we provide:

Short-term fostering

In this role you will care for a child full time in your home but the length of stay can vary depending on the circumstances of the child’s family and plans made about the child’s long-term care. This could be anything from an overnight stay to a period of several months. Some children return home to their family while others may move to long-term foster carers or become adopted.

Long-term fostering

Sometimes a child cannot return home and adoption is not possible. As a long-term foster carer you will provide children with a loving and stable home, nurturing their development and preparing them for independence when they turn 18.

Respite fostering

This is when you look after a child at weekends, or set holidays, to give birth parents or other foster carers a break from providing full-time care. 

Family Link Care

Family Link carers provide short breaks for children with disabilities, usually at their own home. This can range from day care and overnight stays to regular weekend visits. 

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