Fostering provides a family way of life for children who cannot live with their own family. This may be short-term or a long term arrangement, a respite arrangement providing a child are/or the foster carer with a break. Whichever type of foster care you provide, we are committed to ensuring that you receive the supervision, training, and support you need.

Different types of fostering

Short term fostering

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Children and young people in short term care can be in a placement from just a few days, to a couple of years. When a child or young person first come into care of the local authority they are placed with short term foster carers. 

Long term fostering

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A decision has been made that the child is not able to live with their birth parents and will need to be cared for long term by foster carers. The children will have been living with short term foster carers.

Supported Lodgings

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Supported lodgings enable young people aged 16-21 years old temporary accommodation in a home environment while learning basic skills to give them the best start to adult life.  

Family and Friends

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This is short term or permanent foster care offered by people related to or previously known to a child.

Respite Care

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This is short planned care which can range from a few hours to a maximum of two weeks at any one time.

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking

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Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) is a person under the age of 18 years old who is applying for asylum, and is separated from both parents, and are not in the care of a guardian