The different types of foster care
We offer a wide range of foster care placements to meet the varying needs of children in foster care.
Children need fostering for many different reasons and for varying lengths of time. Some are long-term, but others only need care for a few days or weeks – sometimes just overnight. Then there are the different types of children, all presenting unique challenges. So for example, looking after a teenager is different to caring for a much younger child. All of this means that there are many different ways to foster, giving you more options and even a chance to specialise over time.
While there are some differences between the types of foster care placements in England and Scotland, here are the main ways you can foster with Fosterplus...
Provides a stable family environment to a child when they're not able to stay at home. This can be for a night or two and up to two years.Find out more
In Scotland, children who do not have a permanence order are looked after under an interim care order, which lasts up to 2 years.Find out more
Provides a stable, long-term home, often until a child turns eighteen - this is an incredibly rewarding type of fostering, offering great continuity to children.Find out more
In Scotland, the local authority may apply for a permanence order for a child who won't be returning home, where they'll stay until they reach eighteen.Find out more
Caring for a child who's placed with another foster family to give them time to rest and unwind from the demanding role of a foster parent.Find out more
Caring for a child at short notice and keeping them safe until they're able to return home or a longer-term foster home is found.Find out more
Parent and child
Having a parent and their child stay with you - often a mother and baby - and providing the parent with the crucial skills they need to bring up their child.Find out more
Caring for siblings
We urgently need more foster parents with the time, energy and space to provide a warm, loving family environment to siblings in foster care.Find out more
Children with disabilities
There are lots of children in care with a range of disabilities and we're looking for foster parents who can provide them with the specialist care they need.Find out more
There are many teenagers in care who need the love and support of a foster parent to guide them through this crucial stage of life and prepare them for adulthood.Find out more
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