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Types of foster carers

Learn more about different types of foster carers and how children and young people are cared for.

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Foster carers (also called mainstream carers)

Learn more about what our foster carers do and how they care for children they are asked to look after.

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Connected foster carers

Find out how connected foster carers look after children and young people they know. Learn about support, finances and training on offer.

Different ways to care

Children who come into care care can be looked after by our (mainstream) foster carers, in short term or long arrangements.

Children can sometimes be looked after by people they already know, like a relative or close family friend. These are connected carers and often step up when a young person they know needs their help the most. Connected carers can sometimes choose to apply to become Special Guardians for the young people they look after.

You can find out more about different types of carers, their responsibilities, and how we provide support to everyone who needs it.

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