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
- Support care
- Care for disabled children
- Bridging placements
- Refugee children
- Private fostering
If you are not available to care for a child on a full-time basis, then you may be considered to foster part-time as a support carer. Support carers provide short, regular periods of care, such as a few days in the week, regular weekends and short breaks in the school holidays. Because support care often happens at weekends, there is an expectation that you will be able to work with the full-time foster carer to provide transport to and from your home.
These placements are important as they can offer advice and support to both the child and family. Support care can fit in with your family life while still allowing you to help young people. Support carers can also be used to provide breaks to full-time foster carers and fostered children, acting almost like extended family, with many children looking forward to spending time with their support carer and experiencing new things.
Support carers receive the Basic fostering Allowance plus levels payment, paid pro-rata for the days the children and young people stay with them.