Types of Foster Care

Immediate or crisis care provides a secure, safe, setting for a child or sibling group very soon after being removed. Referrals are received 24 hours a day and placements may be needed from a few days or up to 2 or 3 months.

Short term placements are for children who are waiting for a decision on their long term future. Where children can be restored to their birth family, our carers may have a role in supporting the child and their birth parents towards this goal. 

Some children are placed in care under a final order until 18 years, sometimes with a view to adoption or guardianship. The carers commit to providing a long term, nurturing, stable family where a child can integrate and grow securely. 

Weekend respite offers regular, ongoing support to a child in a current placement, usually one weekend a month. Brief-stay respite may be required to allow carers to take a short break or holiday, or in a medical emergency.

Immediate or crisis care provides a secure, safe, setting for a child or sibling group very soon after being removed. Referrals are received 24 hours a day and placements may be needed from a few days or up to 2 or 3 months.

Short term placements are for children who are waiting for a decision on their long term future. Where children can be restored to their birth family, our carers may have a role in supporting the child and their birth parents towards this goal. 

Some children are placed in care under a final order until 18 years, sometimes with a view to adoption or guardianship. The carers commit to providing a long term, nurturing, stable family where a child can integrate and grow securely. 

Weekend respite offers regular, ongoing support to a child in a current placement, usually one weekend a month. Brief-stay respite may be required to allow carers to take a short break or holiday, or in a medical emergency.