You may not realise it but there are many different ways in which you can help to care for children. Different types of fostering suit different types of people. Hopefully there is a type of fostering that will suit you and your family.

Short term placements

Short term placements are needed where there are small problems or illness in the family. The aim is to get the child home as quickly as possible and in the meantime provide a stable home for the child to live in whilst we work with their family to resolve any issues.

Long term placements

These placements are generally needed for older children who need a permanent home away from their birth family because of long standing problems. Such young people often need guidance and support within a caring, understanding and loving home and long-term placements are intended to provide stability and security.

Respite care

Respite care may be needed to help families in difficulty, providing a break for both parents and children. These breaks are often over weekends or holidays. This is also used to offer a break to full time foster carers.

Emergency placements

Emergency placements may come about when a parent has been rushed into hospital or because a child has been left at home alone and no relatives can be found. We generally ask experienced foster carers to be on stand-by for an emergency placement.

Supported lodgings

Many young people who leave the care system or who can no longer stay at home are aged just 16 or 17. Their experiences and the difficulties they face tell us that they are often not ready to cope on their own. The scheme aims to bridge the gap to independent living.

Short breaks

The short break scheme recruit, assess, support and train foster carers in order to look after a child with disabilities on a regular basis in order to provide respite for both the child and their families. These can be overnight stays, weekends or longer periods.

A partnership with the parents is key to the success of this service – developing effective working relationships between the foster carer and family. This service is also used to offer a break to full time foster carers who care for children with disabilities.

Parent and Child

Parent and child arrangements with foster carers are rapidly growing. A foster carer can provide a family environment of support and nurture for a young parent and their child. It can make the difference between a parent being able to devlop the skills, knowledge and confidence to successfully parent their own child, and their child entering the care system.