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Types of Fostering

types of fostering

In becoming a foster carer, you will become aware of the special needs of the children and young people waiting for placement and over time, you may become specialised in certain different types of fostering placement. Children with disabilities and behavioural difficulties may need homes with specialist skills. Other registered carers may need short-term respite breaks. Children being transitioned from short-term care to permanent families may need an intermediary foster home. Some carers take in babies, other have a great deal of experience with disabled children.

This does not guarantee that you will always be called on for that specific type of foster care. One type of care may develop into another type. Short-term care often begins as emergency fostering when a sudden trauma in families results in children needing immediate placement and time is of the essence.

The types of care can be broken down into the following list.

Long-Term Foster Care

Some children are placed in foster care on a long-term basis. This can be from a young age until they are old enough to leave care at the age of 16, 17 or 18.

Short-Term Foster Care

Short-term placements provide a temporary home for a child or young person. This could be until they return to their birth family or leave care or move on to long-term fostering or adoption.

Emergency Fostering

Children can be taken out of their family home in an emergency. Sometimes little is known about the child/situation, but foster care is provided to look after the young person.

Remand Foster Care

Remand is an alternative to police custody. It is a specialised type of fostering and it aims to get young people out of a police environment where they are given the space to think differently.

Therapeutic Foster Care

Therapeutic placements can be long-term or short-term. Carers have more training and a more comprehensive tool set to deal with more challenging behaviours.

Parent and Child Fostering

Parents (mother/father/both) can be placed in foster care together with their baby/child/children. The needs vary but specially trained foster carers look after the parent(s) and child(ren) and ensure safety while the parent(s) are assessed.

Parent and Child Assessment Foster Care

This is similar to parent and child placements but the foster carer and supporting social worker are expertly trained to carry out the assessment of the parent(s).

While all efforts are made to match the foster placement to the desires and skills of the carers, a great deal of the selection is based on geographical location and the current requirements for fostering placement. For more information, contact Capstone Foster Care.

A child’s future may depend on your caring. Regardless of the different ways that children and young people can be fostered, your local authority is always taking in children and young people who need a safe place to stay. Short-term foster placements are the most common. Capstone is able to work with carers and provide the support and benefits required.

Contact Capstone Foster Care for further information on 0800 012 4004 or simply click here.

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