Fostering provides a secure and caring home for children and young people who are unable to live with their parents. Some children have faced uncertainty in early life and others may have complex needs as a result of experiencing neglect or abuse. Being a foster carer offers the opportunity to make an immeasurable difference to a child’s life.
"Children and young people have a wide range of opportunities, support and help to enable them to achieve the best possible outcomes.
They mature successfully to adulthood and develop a positive identity."
There are a number of different types of fostering, including:
Short term foster placements can last weeks, months or up to two years. Following a short term foster placement, children and young people may return to their birth family, move to a long term foster placement or remain with their current foster carers on a long term basis.
Short term placements are temporary placements for children and young people until plans for their future are confirmed. This can be emergency (with little advance warning) or planned.
Long term foster placements can last until a young person reaches the age of 18, and although there are other options for young people to remain with foster carers beyond this age, this varies across different Local Authorities.
With long term fostering, your abilities will be assessed and compared closely with the needs of children who are awaiting long term foster families, this process is called matching. Long term foster placements aim to provide high quality care for young people where adoption is not an option, and prepare them for adulthood.
Ideal Fostering offers a respite care service to its long and short term foster carers. Respite placements act as a support to carers when they need a break. We also get some children and young people who require respite placements. This may be once per month or at more regular intervals. This type of fostering can be an aid to assisting young people remaining with their birth families. Respite placements may also be required for disabled children and children who need regular weekend and holiday placements.
In parent and child placements foster carers provide a nurturing home for one or both parents and their child. In this type of placement our foster carers offer support and guidance to families in order to develop their parenting skills. Families may undergo a parenting assessment whilst placed in a parent and child foster placement.
Often required for family groups of brothers and sisters who need to stay together.