Types of fostering

There are different types of fostering. You should consider what skills and experience you have, as well as what would suit you and your family best.

Support care

A support foster carer cares for a child or sibling group for a week or two at a time, for example during school holidays or at weekends, and it is often the same child for regular visits. Foster carers who offer support care look after children who are already cared for on a full-time basis by other foster carers, or sometimes their birth parents.

It can be extremely valuable to help maintain placement stability and prevent disruption in foster homes. Support care provides an opportunity for the main foster carers to have a break, or for them to have some time to focus on their own family. It also offers the chance for the children in care to experience new things and the support carers to do something different.

Support carers often establish a significant relationship with the fostered young people, which can be sustained over a period of years and take on the role of an extended family network, including sometimes taking children on holiday.

Support care carers are paid the basic fostering allowances and levels payments, where applicable, on a pro-rata basis. Because support care often happens at weekends, it is hoped that support carers are able to provide transport to and from the main carer's home. 

If you could offer regular weekend breaks or foster in school holidays, please complete our simple online form to receive our fostering information pack.


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