What is long term fostering?
Long term fostering placements usually last until the child or young person has aged out of the foster care system and becomes a care leaver. You will be providing a child with a stable, loving home in the long term. This occurs when a foster child is unable to return to their birth family and adoption is not possible.
Long term foster care can develop from other types of foster care placements. For example, an emergency foster placement can develop into short-term fostering, which can further develop into long term fostering.
Children rarely begin by being placed into permanent care – often they enter the care system with the expectation of returning home once the circumstances that led to them being placed in to foster care have been resolved.
If the child’s home situation cannot be remedied, a court order is issued giving the local authority legal responsibility. When this happens, an independent fostering agency like us can match the child with appropriate foster parents. This can then develop into a long term foster placement if successful.
Benefits of long term foster care
Benefits to the child
When you foster a child in a long term fostering placement, this young person is a full member of the family, while the local authority still have full responsibility. This provides the children in care with a sense of permanency and stability within a secure home environment. This stable foundation then allows the child to build healthy relationships and attachments with the members of their new family.
As the child settles into more permanent routine, this also benefits their education as there is more time to settle in at school without the disruption of being transferred between fostering homes.
Benefits to you
Foster care is an extremely rewarding career that allows you to have a huge impact on the life of a child. We help you build a long term relationship that gives a child a brighter future. Alongside this, we provide a competitive weekly fostering allowance for being a long term foster carer.
Why foster with us
When you foster with Capstone, you become part of our team. We help you become the best foster carer you can be by providing you with training, support, and expertise. We ensure that there is always an experienced professional at your service 24 hours a day.See more articles…