Short Term Fostering And Respite Care
Short Term Fostering
Short term fostering is for children who are either in Care Proceedings or whose parent(s) or care giver(s) are unable to look after them; they could be in hospital or they are unable to cope at present. Short term fostering can be up to two years for children in care proceedings or could be for one, three or six months. These placements usually involve high levels of contact with the children's birth famiy whilst assessments are carried out. New foster carers are usually approved for short term fostering.
Sometimes children are placed in short term fostering placements whilst adoption placements are found for them and the foster carer will be involved with introducing the child to their new family over a period of weeks.
Read short term foster carers, Angela and Mike's, foster care profile.
Respite care is ideal for families/couples/single people who work but still want to make a difference to a child's life. Respite care usually takes place at weekends and school holidays to support a child in placement with one of our existing foster carers but could also be for a child in a residential school who needs some family life.
Read respite foster carer, Maggie's, foster care profile.
Read about Sue and Iain's fostering experiences.