Children and young people need fostering for lots of different reasons. That’s why we offer a range of different placement types – so we can match each child with the foster family that has the skills and characteristics to meet their needs.
Even if you have a preference for the type of foster placement you take on, please try and be as flexible as you can. Being happy to accept more than one type of foster care placement helps us find safe, supportive homes for children and young people more quickly.
Emergency foster care placements
Sometimes, we need to find a safe place for a child to stay immediately. Emergency placements usually last for a few nights, to a few weeks.
Short-term foster care placements
If there are problems at home, a child or young person may need to stay with a foster family for a few months until the issues are resolved or alternative plans are made for their future.
Long-term foster care placements
It isn’t always possible for foster children to be reunited with their birth families. In these cases, they’ll need to stay with you until they’re grownup and able to live independently. (Usually around 18 years old.)
Usually, this involves looking after children who still live with their birth family, but whose parents or carers need some time off.
We try to keep brothers and sisters together when finding foster families. This type of placement involves groups of two or more children and are usually long term.
Tailored placements for children with intensive support needs
These longer-term foster placements are for children transitioning from residential care.