Foster care is an alternative living arrangement for children whose parents are unable to care for them at home. No two fostering placements are the same, although the aim and commitment is always the same: to give the child or young person the opportunity to thrive.
The length of stay may only be one night. It might be up to two years. This is still classed as short term fostering. These placements usually include the children and young people continuing contact with their birth family, and there might be assessments taking place in this time and reports that need to go to court so that long term plans can be made.
Some of our carers only want to do this type of fostering.
Long term fostering is when a family make a long term commitment to the children in their care. These children may have come through the court process and the judge has decided that they are to remain looked after until they enter adulthood. Many of these children do have contact with their birth families although it might not be as frequent.
This is a specialist type of fostering. This type of fostering involves the mother or father and their baby or young child being placed together in foster care.
Not everybody has the support they need when they have a new baby. Raising toddlers and young children isn't always easy for everybody. Our families know that they have to exhibit a great deal of patience and understanding. They understand the importance of being non-judgmental and supportive.
As a fostering agency will support and guide you at every step. You will receive additional support and training to enable you to successfully support a parent and their child.
It is an amazing commitment and can be incredibly rewarding to help a new or struggling parent realise their strengths and meet the needs of their baby or child.
Find out more from here.Parent and Child Fostering
Families often go into fostering expecting to look after babies or very young children. But the reality is that 62% of children looked after are aged ten or over. They are often overlooked as being problematic but this isn't always the case.
Find out more here.Fostering Teenagers