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People Who Foster

by Katie Wright |

Foster carers offer children and young people a safe, secure and caring family environment on either a temporary or permanent basis when they are unable to live with their family, while the local authority works with the family to resolve the situation. Not all children are able to return home and in these cases the Local Authority becomes the corporate parent who take on the responsibility to find the children a safe and stable home.

All foster carers are approved and trained to look after children and young people who find themselves in this situation.

Foster carers are either registered with an approved Independent Fostering Agency (IFA), like People Who Foster, or with a Local Authority.

A large number of new foster carers choose to join private independent agencies like us, rather than a local authority, this is often due to the fostering training and extra support that’s provided. By choosing People Who Foster, you will receive 24-hour support every day of the year from our friendly and expert team.

There are different types of foster care available for carers. It may be that a placement begins on an emergency fostering placement, but then changes to a longer-term placement. Some of the different types of fostering are outlined below:

Emergency Placements:

This is when a child needs to be looked after at short notice, often because it has become unsafe for them to remain where they are.

Short term fostering:

Some children need to be looked after for a short period of time while decisions are made about their future, whether this be to return home or to move to a more permanent placement.

You can support them while such decisions are being made and prepare them for moving on when it is time.

Long-term fostering and permanency:

For some children, the decision is made for them to remain in foster care until they reach an age where they can care for themselves.

This is where long term fostering comes in.

Parent and Child foster care:

These are specialist placements that involve the child or children and either one or both of their parents coming to live with you.

Your role will be to support the family and assist them with their parenting skills while assessments are carried out by the Local Authority.

Bridging Placements:

These types of placements are often for babies and young children who need to be looked after for short periods before moving on to more permanent placements.

Your role will be to support them through this and help to ensure a positive transition.

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