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Short term foster placements

Short term foster placements are for children and young people who need to be looked after temporarily. It’s the most common type of fostering placement, and it gives foster carers the opportunity to really make a difference during a time of immense change in a young person’s life.

Fostering family playing in the gardenUsually a child needs short term fostering because their families are unable to look after them during a particular time. Some of the reasons why a child or young person may need to go into short term foster care include:

  • Their parents or guardians are unwell
  • Their parents are finding it difficult to cope with caring for a child at that time
  • The child is waiting to be adopted
  • The family is going through care proceedings – so the child goes into foster care while decisions are made about who will look after them in the future
  • To give parents a short break or respite, for example if their child is disabled or has complex health needs

Short term foster placements can be as brief as two weeks, or as long as two years. It all depends on the individual circumstances of the child and their family.

Compared to other kinds of fostering placements, short term foster carers often have higher levels of contact with the children’s birth family whilst assessments are underway, and can also be involved in introducing children to their new adoptive families.

Find out more

To find out more about short term fostering and becoming a foster carer with us, please get in touch.

How can we help?

Ready to start fostering a child or young person? Or just want a bit more information to help you decide whether fostering is for you? All you need to do is contact us.

Phone us

Call us on 0800 434 6000 (lines open Monday - Friday: 9am - 8pm)

Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we're here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors, many of whom are carers themselves, can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.

For all other general enquiries, please call 0800 085 225.

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Phone us

Call us on 0800 434 6000 (lines open Monday - Friday: 9am - 8pm)

Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we,re here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors, many of whom are carers themselves, can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.

For all other general enquiries, please call 0800 085 225.

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Call me back

Haven't got time to chat now? Leave your details and we'll call you back at a time that suits you:

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  • Why do we need this? So we can email you a brochure.
  • Why do we need this? We appreciate that starting to foster is a big decision that needs careful consideration and you are likely to have questions. We’d like to help answer those questions.
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