Types of foster care

Short term fostering

This can range from providing overnight care up to a period of several days, weeks, months and even years, depending on the child’s situation. You should expect to have a temporary relationship with the child and also be prepared to care for plenty of children. As a short-term foster carer you may also provide emergency overnight, and respite care depending on your skills, experience, and availability.

Long term fostering

This is a more committed arrangement where children are placed with you until they turn 18 or are ready to live independently. Sometimes, some children may wish to continue living with you even after they are 18. If you agree to this, the placement can be extended for a specific period under Staying Put arrangements.