Can I choose the kind of fostering placement I have?
Yes, you can give us a preference. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that you’ll need to be willing to take on teenagers as well as younger children if you want continuous fostering placements, as many of the children referred to us are over the age of 11.
How long after I’m approved as a foster carer will I receive a placement?
The time in between getting approved and having your first placement will vary from carer to carer. You can begin taking placements right away, but we’ll always try and match you with the best possible fit based on your approval criteria and preferences.
How long do fostering placements last?
It isn’t always possible to know exactly how long a child will stay with you, as this depends on the placement type and the child’s individual circumstances. It could be anything from a few days to weeks, months or even years.
Our guide to different types of fostering placements will give you a good idea of what to expect when it comes to the length of placements.
Will I be able to meet the child before the placement begins?
When planning placements, we always try to arrange for our carers to meet the child or children they’ll be caring for.
However, this isn’t always possible, especially if a child is placed in an emergency. When this happens, we’ll try to give you as much information as we can when we discuss the potential placement with you.