Types of fostering

People who are interested in becoming foster carers can think about what sort of fostering they would like to do and what they are best suited to doing.
If you are interested, but not sure about what kind of care you can give, why not call us for a chat, or come along to one of our information events.


Temporary fostering

This is probably most people’s idea of fostering.

Temporary fostering can be exciting and very rewarding – you never know who will be coming to stay or for how long. Over the years, you will play a vital part in helping many children to feel safe and happy while they are with you. You will prepare them to move to a secure future. Even years later children may write to let you know how they’re getting on and one day they may even bring their own children to visit you. Of course, it can sometimes be upsetting to say goodbye to children you’ve become very fond of.
Temporary fostering can also be demanding – physically and emotionally, but there is always support and help available.

Permanent fostering

The difference between adoption and permanent fostering is to do with the legal status of the child. A parent may refuse to give permission for a child to be adopted. Or sometimes, children have waited so long for an adopter that we have to consider permanent fostering as an alternative.

If you think this is for you, we will assess you in the same way we assess all foster carers. Once you are approved we will match you to a suitable child. You will meet several times and get the chance to see if you get on before deciding to go ahead. You will receive all the payments, training opportunities and support that foster carers are entitled.

Short term breaks

Short term breaks support children with a disabitity and their families. Children on the scheme can have a wide range of needs – from mild disabilities or learning difficulties to very complex health and mobility needs.

We always need people who have the skills and experience – through nursing for example – to help children with limited mobility or with health conditions that require particular attention. However, many successful applicants have no experience at all.