Long term fostering

Long term fostering

If you would like to support a child right through to adulthood and beyond, then long-term fostering may be the right option for you.

Long-term fostering placements give a child or young person somewhere to live, grow and develop, if they cannot return to the care of their own families. This can last for many years, usually until the child reaches 18 and becomes ready for adult life – a viable alternative for those who may be frustrated with the long wait to become adoptive parents.

Long-term fostering provides a stable, solid and loving home environment where children can feel truly settled and at ease. They may have already had the experience of being in several foster families, or they may have been in a children’s care home.

Long-term fostering allows a child or young person to maintain contact with their birth family, if it is felt to be in their best interest. This may be only limited contact, but it maintains a link with the child’s parents which may be important to them or to their development.