The different types of fostering

The different types of fostering

The different types of fostering

Depending on your availability, experience and preference, we regularly have a requirement for carers providing all these types of support:

  • Emergency fostering – provides immediate care for children requiring urgent placements
  • Respite fostering – covers weekends and holidays
  • Short term fostering – anything from three days to 2 years
  • Long term fostering – is a commitment to look after a young person until they reach 18 and sometimes beyond this
  • Support care – involves providing care for children and supporting their own families to provide care
  • Shared care – provides regular short breaks for children who have physical or learning disabilities
  • Parent and child – where you can be assessing and supervising a parent and child in your own home
  • Day support – can be offered by foster carers to provide care for children who are placed with other foster carers who are in need of a break and support
  • Fostering for children with disabilities – providing care for children with learning difficulties as well as physical disabilities. Find out more
  • Supported lodgings – offering accommodation in a home environment for young people aged 16-21 years. Read our case study
  • Emergency supported lodgings – offering young people accommodation for up to 72 hours
  • Private fostering – when a child is cared for by someone who is not a parent or close relative for 28 days or more