What is fostering?

When children and young people aged 0-17 are unable to stay with their birth parents, fostering provides them with an alternative home. But being a foster carer involves so much more.

Foster carers provide a safe, secure and nurturing environment for these children to grow and reach their full potential despite their previous experiences.

Foster carers play an important role in the team of professionals who work with the child to make sure they get the care and support they need. From attending school and health appointments to taking part in extracurricular activities, foster carers look after the children in their care on a day-to-day basis.


Types of fostering


We are recruiting foster carers for children and young people of all ages (up to 21). If you are interested in fostering a child over the age of two, you need to have a spare bedroom in your home.

Short-term placement: 

This is when foster carers look after a child for short periods that can range from 2 weeks to 2 years. These placements usually occur whilst the local authority is working with the birth family to help a child return home, or identify a long term placement for the child.

Long-term placement:

If a child or young person is unable to return to their birth family, a long term placement is put in place with a foster carer to look after the child until they are 18 years old.

Staying put:

Not all young people are ready to live independently at 18 and so ‘staying put’ enables them to remain with their foster carer for a few more years.

Family Link/Short Breaks:

Family Link carers offer families with disabled children short breaks from continuous caring. You need to be able to look after disabled children on a regular basis, from an overnight stay a week to a few days a month. You need to have experience of childcare.


These are options for parents, and other foster carers, to have a break from caring for their child. These breaks can be for the weekend or up to 14 days.

Emergency care:

Emergency foster carers are available at short notice to provide care for just a few days at a time.


Every child deserves a loving, supporting family. By becoming a foster carer with us you can give a child the chances they need and make a real difference to their life. Request an information pack to find out more.

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