4. Types of foster care

Emergency

When children need somewhere safe to stay for a few nights.

Short-term

Carers look after children for a few weeks or months while plans are made for the child’s future.

Short breaks

When children who are disabled, have special needs or have behavioural difficulties regularly stay for a while with a family. This means their parents or usual foster carers can have a break.

Remand

When young people are remanded by a court to be looked after by a specially-trained foster carer.

Fostering for Adoption

When babies or small children stay with foster carers who may go on to adopt them.

Long-term

Not all children who need to permanently live away from their birth family want to be adopted, so instead they go into long-term foster care until they’re adults.

‘Family and friends’ or ‘kinship’

A child being cared for by the local council goes to live with someone they already know, usually a family member.

Contact your council for information about becoming a ‘family and friends’ or ‘kinship’ carer.

Specialist therapeutic

For children and young people with very complex needs and/or challenging behaviour.