Children and young people need fostering for lots of different reasons. That’s why we offer a range of different placement types – so we can match each child with the foster family that has the skills and characteristics to meet their needs.
Even if you have a preference for the type of foster placement you take on, please try and be as flexible as you can. Being happy to accept more than one type of foster care placement helps us find safe, supportive homes for children and young people more quickly.
Emergency foster care
Sometimes, we need to find a safe place for a child to stay immediately. Emergency placements usually last for a few nights, to a few weeks.
Usually, this involves foster or birth children staying with another foster family when theirs needs a break.
This type of placement aims to keep pairs or groups of brothers and sisters together. Generally, this is a long-term arrangement but we sometimes need shorter placements and respite care.
Ability carers for children and young people with disabilities
Ability carers are assessed and approved to look after children and young people with a physical or learning disability and need extra help. Ability Carers can also help young adults over the age of 18 to gain independent living skills.
‘Home for now’ or temporary care
Sometimes, a child or young person needs a place to stay while a longer-term plan is made for them. The plan is often to return home to their family, move to extended family or into long-term ‘home for keeps’ care. If they do need a permanent foster family, you can offer to take on that role.
‘Home for keeps’ or permanent care
If you take on this type of placement, you will be making a lifelong commitment to your foster child. It means you’ll be welcoming them into your home and family until they’re ready to live independently when they’re around 18 years old.
Children who need this type of care have often had multiple placements, experienced significant trauma, display extremely challenging behaviour and may be involved with the justice system. We heavily support these arrangements with additional resources.
Parent-and-child foster care
Sometimes, a parent or young pregnant mother might need extra help looking after their child. With this type of placement, both the parent and their child or children will live with you.