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.

Long term fostering

When a child or young person cannot return to live with their family and the plan is to move them to long term fostering, there is an expectation that they will live with the carer until they are ready to move on as an adult.

This is a long term or permanent fostering placement. 

Children placed with long term foster carers are carefully matched and have a period of introductions. This type of care is usually considered for children aged six and over. 


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