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.

Foster Care Information Session

Come along to our free Foster Care information evening on June 27 and hear about the types of care that may suit your family.

Interested in foster care ?

Download our Foster Care Information Booklet