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