What is short term fostering?
Short term fostering is for children and young people who need to be looked after in temporary foster care. It’s the most common type of foster care. Short term foster placements give foster parents the opportunity to support a child and really make a difference during a time of immense change in a young person’s life.
The need for short term fostering
Usually, a child needs a short term foster carer because their families are unable to look after them for 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.
How short term fostering differs from other types of fostering
Short term fostering can range from just a single night to a few weeks, to several months, or as long as two years. It all depends on the individual circumstances of the child and their family. Afterwards, the child might return to their own family or go into a longer fostering placement or become adopted.
Compared to other kinds of fostering, short term foster parents 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.
Benefits of working with FCA
24/7 advice service
Excellent ongoing training
Access to your local fostering team
Local support groups
Local social activities and events