The different kinds of fostering
Children and young people need different types of foster care depending on their circumstances. You can stick to a particular kind of fostering that suits you. Or you can try different kinds; it’s up to you.
Short-term fostering can range from an overnight stay, to over a year. You'll provide a safe and secure place to live, while we work to reunite the child with their family or to find a permanent adoptive family.
Long-term fostering is usually for children aged eight and above who can't return to their birth-family. They would normally live with you until they're 18 or longer if you both want to.
Children with additional needs visit short-break carers for one to four nights each month to give their family a break. The same child visits you, so you get to know them and their family well. And you can fit caring around your permanent job.
Emergency foster care
Children need a safe place in an emergency. You’ll usually look after a child for a week or two, before they move to another place or back to their family. Find out more about being an emergency foster carer.
Many children arrive in the UK alone with no one to look after them. You would help them settle into life in England. It would help if you share their language, religion and culture.
If you want to become a foster carer or find out more:
- call 0800 988 8931 (9am to 4.30pm weekdays)
- or book a telephone call-back