During the assessment process, we'll talk with you to understand what type of care you are interested in providing.
Once you're assessed, we'll try and arrange fostering placements that match your interest.
Short-term care involves caring for up to three children or young people for a specified period of time while a decision is made about their future.
These placements provide opportunities for assessment and often high levels of contact with birth families. Carers will often be involved in working with children, young people and birth families to support a return home. Sometimes a return home may not be possible and so support preparing for a move to an adoptive or permanent family placement is needed.
Children and young people who are placed in long-term or permanent care will often have significant contact with their birth families, but are not able to live at home. These placements are arranged in a planned way and mean that the child or young person will remain in foster care until they are ready for independence or they reach adulthood. Such placements will often provide a lifelong relationship for all concerned.
This type of foster care placement involves offering a safe, stable and loving home to a child or young person from another country. Many have been separated from their families, either in their homeland or during transit to this country, so are often very distressed and frightened as a result.
As a foster carer specialising in asylum seeking fostering, you can help and teach these children the skills they need to successfully build a new life and ways to overcome their traumatic past.
We try to place children and young people with families where some of the culture or language may be known about the young person to be placed. However, this is not always possible, and we therefore want foster carers who are resourceful and will be able to facilitate the young person to maintain their culture. Special training and support is provided.
This involves being available at short notice to care for children or young people in an emergency. Emergency care is only intended for very short periods, such as overnight or over a weekend.
Disability care involves caring for a child or young person with complex needs, including physical disabilities, medical conditions or learning difficulties.
Caring for a child with a disability can be hugely rewarding as you give the child the opportunity to reach their full potential. We’ll provide you with all the training and guidance to ensure that together we can give the child the support they need to thrive.
We will always try to keep sibling groups together. There may be occasions when siblings cannot be placed together because of concerns about behaviour or risk.
There may be occasions when foster carers are unable to provide care for their looked after child. This could be because carers are unable to take children on holiday with them, or they could be spending a short period in hospital for a minor operation. On these occasions, respite carers support a placement for a short period of time.
^There are times when parent and child placements are the most suitable way of safeguarding a child while maintaining the developing relationship with their parent. Parent and child foster placements offer a home to a baby or young child together with their parent.^
The aim of this placement approach is to provide a safe, family based placement for the parent and child. The foster carer does not provide parental care (except if required) but helps and encourages the parent to develop their skills. The foster carer has an important role observing how the parent looks after the child.
Remand foster care involves offering a home to alleged young offenders aged between 10 and 17 while they are awaiting trial or sentencing. We understand that some people may be nervous about remand placements and so provide dedicated training and assessment so you have the skills and knowledge you need.