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Types of Fostering
There are many different types of fostering, and we understand that foster carers have different lifestyles, schedules and family commitments that may influence the type of foster care they are able to provide.
Whether you are looking to give up your current role to foster full-time, or whether you can offer a child a respite placement for shorter periods of time, please get in touch with us to chat more about your individual circumstances and how there might be a type of fostering that is perfect for you and your family.

Task Centred FosteringShort TermLong Term
RespiteFriends and Family CareFostering Siblings
 
Task Centred Fostering
Task Centred foster care is a very special, important role which may involve working closely with parents to improve their relationship with the child, working with children’s behaviour and needs, or preparing a child for a permanent home.

The term ‘task’ emphasises that the child will one day move on, either back to parents/relatives or on to a long term foster/adoptive placement.

 
Short Term Fostering
Short term fostering is the most common type of fostering and can also be known as ‘temporary’ fostering. ‘Short term’ can mean anything from an overnight stay to a period of two years. The need for short term fostering often arises at short notice in emergency situations. Children who require short term foster care need a temporary place to stay while plans are made for their future. The plans can either mean the child returns home or whether they require a long-tem fostering placement.

Short Term Fostering

Long Term
In cases where children cannot return home to their birth families, their plan may involve a long-term fostering placement. Long term fostering allows the child to stay with a foster carer over a longer period of time, in a stable and secure home where they feel safe. Where possible, contact with the child’s birth family is maintained on a regular basis.

It is very important that matching is done carefully in order to meet the needs of the child in care, and for our foster carers to be supported throughout the process to ensure the best possible matching.

Remaining with a foster carer over an extended period of time allows the child to feel secure and a part of the family. As many of our foster carers have said in the past, it’s not just the carer(s) who foster, it is the whole family, and children should always be made to feel this way.

Respite Fostering
Respite foster care is a type of short-term placement where a child is placed with a foster family to provide a short break to the current family whether it is a birth family, adoption family, or foster family.

The length of the respite placements will vary, which can be as short as a weekend or week-long, or longer, break for parents and carers. In these instances, the respite family will get to know the child well and will become part of their regular routine and support network.

Respite Fostering

Friends and Familt
Friends & Family fostering, ‘Kinship’ Care or ‘Connected Care’ as it’s known at Tameside is when a child who cannot live with their birth parents is looked after by extended family members or others with whom they have an existing relationship. 

Most Connected Carers are related to the children they look after, and the majority are grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings or other family members.

This arrangement might be for a period of time until children can return home to their birth families. In the case where the child cannot return home, something called a Special Guardianship Order may be considered to give the carer(s) parental responsibility.

 

Fostering Siblings

 
Many children come into foster care with their siblings. Wherever possible, we try to keep siblings together to maintain their important family bond. As coming into care is a very unsettling time for children, being able to remain with their siblings helps them to feel more secure. You would be supported by your dedicated social worker and receive the necessary training for fostering siblings. The allowances you would receive would be per child.

If you think you could foster a sibling group, please get in touch today and we can chat with you more about how you could make a difference.
 
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