What's right for you?
Some children and young people may just need fostering for a few nights, while others need a more permanent family environment. And some may have very specific needs, such as a disability or a young child of their own to care for.
We provides several types of fostering to ensure we meet each child and young person’s requirements and match the foster children with the best type of foster home for their situation. This can range from helping a young person with the transition from residential care to a family home or providing a foster child with a caring family environment for several years.
While you are going through the process of becoming a foster parent in your region, we will help you prepare for all of the different types of fostering, so that you can find out which kind of type of fostering would be the best for you and your family.
If you’d like to talk through the different types of fostering or to find out more, please get in touch with us.
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Different types of foster care
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Short term fostering
Short term fostering is caring for a child on a short term basis. However, this can be from a few nights or weeks up to a couple of years.
Keeping brothers and sisters together after being placed in foster care is crucial. This type of foster placement focuses on matching sibling groups with foster parents who have the space and skills to care for them.
Fostering disabled children
A short-term respite placement aimed to provide the carers of children with a physical, learning or sensory disability, with a short break from their responsibilities. This type of fostering can range from a few hours to a whole weekend.
Parent and child fostering
A type of foster placement that helps support young people who have become a parent at a young age. The foster parent’s role will be to assess and support the young parent in nurturing and raising their child.
Long term fostering
This type of fostering placement is usually arranged when a child cannot return to their birth family and would benefit from a single stable family environment up until adulthood.
Step down fostering
This type of fostering is designed to help young people make the transition from residential care to a family home.
Emergency fostering provides short term care for children and young people who are in urgent need of a safe and secure home.
Respite foster placements are very short - often just a couple of days - and are arranged to provide a break to a child's parents or main foster family.
What types of children need fostering?
There are a host of reasons why they need foster care. It may be because of a family illness, family breakdown and problems at home, or a situation where their welfare is threatened. Many will have experienced neglect and physical, emotional or sexual abuse.
Can I choose the kind of fostering referral I have?
Yes, when you join FCA we really get to know you and your family so we have an understanding of your preferences, skills and qualities. Our aim is for the children and young people in care to have a positive fostering experience in a stable environment. We work really hard to ensure when we put you forward to care for a child and young person so we have the best possible match. We understand that there may be times where you turn down a referral and we will always respect your decision.
What is fostering?
Fostering is providing a safe and stable family home for a child or young person who can’t live with their birth family. There are many reasons why children need foster care.
What training will I receive as a foster parent?
We pride ourselves on being a learning organisation and are proactive in helping both our foster parents and employees to develop their skills, knowledge and experience.
We are committed to providing high quality training that is accessible and relevant to all of our foster parents.
What kind of support will I receive?
We wouldn’t expect anyone to foster without the right support, so when you foster with FCA you are not alone.
Become a foster parent with us and you have access to:
- Social Work Support– you will have a dedicated supervising social worker who is your main point of contact and will organise monthly meetings and support for you whenever you need it
- 24 / 7 support
- Training and development - We will prepare you to foster and keep developing your skills with an ongoing training programme featuring both face to face and online courses thorough our Learnative portal.
- Events and activities – we host a range of events and activities for all the family to enjoy.
- Online portal – Join our online community with our portal The Exchange just for FCA foster parents. It gives you free and instant access to information and advice right when you need it – day or night, 365 days a year. Plus access to a range of discounts to some major retailers and online stores.
- Fostering Network membership - useful and practical benefits, including insurance, legal protection, medical and stress advice helplines, as well as a foster care magazine.
Do I get any breaks or holidays while fostering?
We do offer respite your supervising social worker can speak to you about what it entails.