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What types of Fostering are there?

There are many different types of fostering and our experienced social workers will discuss these with you throughout the assessment process to decide what is right for you and your family.

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 Placements

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.

Parent and Child Placements

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.

Long-term Placement 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.

Respite Placements

Sometimes parents and carers need support in caring for their child for many different reasons.

Respite care is often required for short, time limited periods, but may also be a regular arrangement.

What is matching?

No matter what type of fostering you choose, the most important thing to ensure its success is matching and support.

At People Who Foster we pay particular care and attention to matching the needs of the child to your family.

This is to ensure the placement is a positive experience for the child you are caring for and your own family.

Decisions are made jointly and you have a say in whether you feel a placement will be right for you.