We believe that all children and young people deserve a secure and stable family home. Long term fostering can give a child just that.
Long term fostering means that a child or young person lives with a committed foster carer until they reach adulthood. Being brought up by one carer, often over several years, gives young people in foster care more consistency, and a greater sense of belonging within a family. It also helps them to settle within a local community and develop positive relationships.
The permanent one-to-one support that a long term foster carer can provide is exactly what young people need to thrive.
How is long term fostering different to adoption?
Long term fostering can seem very similar to adoption, but there are some important differences:
- Unlike adoption, a child in care with you on a long term foster placement will remain the legal responsibility of the local authority. With adoption, the legal rights of a child are transferred to their adoptive parents.
- When adopting a child, you do not receive an allowance, but with long term fostering, you continue to receive your fostering allowance for the entirety of the placement.
- Even though a child may not be able to live with their parents, they may not want to be adopted or it may not be possible to do so. In these cases, long-term fostering is the answer.
Could you foster?
Giving a child or young person a permanent home is a big decision. We’ll give you lots of help to take that step, and that support will continue throughout your time fostering with us.
If you think that long term fostering could be for you, please get in touch with us to find out more.