There are several types of fostering and we would determine together which type of fostering you and your family would be best suited to.

Emergency:

Where children need somewhere to stay at very short notice for a few days and nights.

Short term:

Where carer(s) look after children for a few weeks or months, whilst more permanent plans are made for them.

Remand Fostering:

Where a criminal court asks the Local Authority to identify a foster placement where a young person can stay whilst they await appearance in court.

Short breaks and respite:

Where children with special needs or a disability stay with a family or carer for defined periods of time whilst their family take a break. This can be anything from an overnight stay to regular weekend breaks.

Long term or permanent:

For some children adoption is not an option either because they are too old or they have regular contact with their birth family. For these children long term foster care is an alternative where they can live with their foster family until they reach adulthood or are old enough to live independently.

Concurrent Planning:

Concurrent Planning is for babies and young children under 2 in care who are likely to need adoption, but who still have a chance of being reunited with their birth family. Concurrent carers perform the role of foster carer while the courts decide whether or not a child can return to its birth family.