Types of fostering

As no two children are the same, there are many different types of foster care.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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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.

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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.



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