Different Types of Fostering
There is no such thing as a typical fostering situation. If you decide to become a Foster carer, you will have plenty of opportunity to explore which type of fostering would be right for you and your family.
Read on to discover the different types of fostering.
Long Term Fostering
Sometimes children will not be able to go back to live with their own families for whatever reason. Long-term fostering allows children and young people to stay in a fostering family where they can feel secure, whilst maintaining contact with their birth family. Children and young people can stay with their foster carers until they reach independence.
Some children and young people’s experiences have been so difficult they need additional help and support.
For example, a young person may need to be supervised closely, display complex behaviours, or find it hard to form positive relationships with others. Our focus is on supporting the young people who have made significant progress while in residential care and would now benefit from a foster home environment.
Whilst caring for children and young people as specialist foster carers can be highly rewarding; it is also very demanding. For this reason, you will have access to an enhanced package of support and receive a specialist fee in recognition of the skills and commitment required to be a specialist foster carer.
Emergency foster carers provide short term care for children and young people where there is a need for them to be in a safe and secure environment at very short notice: for example, if it’s felt that they are at immediate risk of harm.
We need foster carers who are willing and ready to care for our children and young people at the drop of a hat, emergency foster carers are usually required outside of normal office hours and work on a rota basis.
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The rewards of foster caring extend far beyond the positive influence on a child, as fostering can bring personal growth, fulfilment, and a sense of purpose to your own life.
Together, we can create a brighter future for vulnerable children and build a more compassionate society.