There are different types of fostering placements which you may consider. Your supervising social worker will discuss this with you and you can talk about what you think is best. You will also receive training and support to feel fully confident.
Emergency placements are short term, and will usually happen on the day we receive the referral, so things may need to be arranged quickly. They might be over night, or for a few days. They may turn in to a more long term placement once things have been decided. Emergency
placements happen when unplanned situations arise.
Short Term Fostering:
A short term placement is likely for children who may be returning to their family, or moving to a more long term placement. The placement may be over night or last up to a few months.
Long Term Fostering:
A long term placement will be considered if a child is unlikely to return to their family, or is likely to remain with you until adulthood. Children will often have contact with their birth families, but your house will be viewed as their stable, secure home. Often children may come to us as a
sibling group. Foster carers are usually approved for up to 3 children, however arrangements can be made to enable foster carers to keep larger sibling groups together.
Parent and Child:
In this instance, a parent and child will live within your home. You will offer support and
guidance, to help parent and child develop their bond in a stable, nurturing environment.
Respite care is a short term placement, used when the child will be returning to their permanent home. For example, to give families or foster carers a short break. This may be a one off or regular arrangement.
We also offer specialist placements, which you may choose to accept with extra training or support. These will range from therapeutic placements, to children with complex needs, sexual behaviour problems, or children who are seeking asylum.
Age of Children
As an agency, we will receive referrals for all ages of children, however new born baby referrals will be rare (except for parent and child). Your supervising social worker will discuss
with you the referrals you feel you will be interested in. We would always encourage our carers to consider all ages of placements, especially teenagers who are often undeservedly overlooked. You will be asked to consider referrals and it will always be your decision whether you wish to proceed.