When I say I’m a foster carer, people think I must be mad, I think they expect foster carers to all be middle aged couples. Being single and working full time is not a barrier to doing this. It can be busy, but you can fit it in with your availability. Gavin, Foster Carer
When choosing which type of fostering is best for you, you need to consider...
- - Will someone be available at home in the daytime?
- - Can you do the school run, flexible hours?
- - Are there any smokers in the household?
- - Are there any other children in the household?
Respite carers offer support to full time foster carers to give them a break and provide an extended family for the child. They can also offer a safe place for a child to stay in an emergency or for a short period to help a family.
Short Break Carers
Short break carers provide regular weekend overnight visits and a week’s holiday for a disabled child (aged 5-19) for many years. The children live at home with their family.
General Foster Carers
General Foster Carers look after children (aged 0-18+) with the aim of returning the children to their birth families. If the child can not return home, foster carers can help children move on to a new adoptive family or support them into adulthood.
Fostering 10+ and teens
Specialist Fostering Schemes
As you develop your skills, you may be considered for a specialist fostering scheme, looking after children and young people with challenging behaviour. You will need will-power and determination. One carer must have full availability. Specialist scheme carers receive the foster care allowance (per week per child) plus an enhanced payment. We are no longer recruiting to historic schemes.
Parent and Child Together
This is both a challenging and rewarding fostering role. You will have one, possibly two parents and their child in your home. Placements are relatively short lasting between 12 to 16 weeks and your role will be to guide, support and assess the parents' ability to care for their child.
Find out more about parents and Child together fostering
Repatriation and Prevention
There are children as young as 10 years old living in residential care homes, due to their complex and behavioral needs. We want to give them a chance to live with a family. (This is repatriation, also referred to as “step-down”). We also want to prevent children from moving into a residential setting or far away from their community. (This is prevention)
As part of a team, you will work alongside therapists, social workers and a supporting (respite) foster carer to provide an intensive intervention to make a difference to the path that the child’s life may be on.
Find out more about Repatriation and Prevention