When you become a foster carer, there are many different types of fostering you can experience during your placements. However, one of the more common types of foster care is short term foster care, or temporary foster care.
Short term fostering placements provide a child or young person with a safe environment on a temporary basis until they can return to the family home and their birth parents. Alternatively, if the option of returning the child in care back to their birth family isn’t possible, a foster family will provide short term foster care until a more long-term arrangement – such as adoption – can be found.
A short term fostering placement can often last anywhere between a few days or a few weeks, and in some cases it can even last up to a few months. As a short term foster carer, it’s likely you’ll be required to take care of a young child at short notice – meaning you need to be flexible and be able to respond to urgent requirements.
Short term care often begins as emergency fostering – which can occur for a number of reasons, such as a sudden trauma occurring in families or an accident, which results in children needing immediate placement and care. It’s not always clear how long your short term foster placement will last, as this will depend entirely on the needs and requirements of the child in care, so it’s important that you are flexible as a foster carer in these situations.
As well as emergency fostering, another type of short term foster care is remand fostering. In this instance, the young person in care is on remand and, rather than being entered into a custody arrangement, there is the option of being placed with a foster carer. As a remand foster carer, you will have the special skills needed to support the young person through this difficult part of life.
Respite care is another type of short term fostering – which can be for a weekend or a week or, in some cases, even months. This is typically a pre-arranged placement and ideally is part of an ongoing agreement to provide continuity in the child’s life. In a family, children can have an overnight stay with grandparents or a holiday visit with an aunt, uncle, and cousins. This gives both the child and the parents a break from each other as well as allowing the child to have a different experience in their world. Short term fostering and respite care can provide a similar experience for a child or young person who is being looked after.
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In temporary foster care, the child is often aware that this is a stepping stone to a more permanent situation. This can create an atmosphere in the child’s mind that can add insecurity to an already chaotic situation. That’s why, as a foster carer, you’ll need to have patience, be able to nurture the young, and provide the stability of a stable home on a short term basis.
By becoming a foster carer with Capstone Foster Care, you’ll be in safe hands – as our dedicated team are with you every step of the way on your fostering journey. If you would like to register your interest for short term fostering, or simply talk to someone further, please contact Capstone Foster Care – or call us on 0800 012 4004. Our friendly team are always on hand to offer fostering support and information.
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