Types of fostering
Types of fostering
Each situation is different and there are different types of fostering to meet the needs of the children and young people. During the application process a social worker will discuss with you and your family what type of fostering would work for you. The different types are explained below:
The aim of short-term fostering is to return the child or young person to his or her own family as soon as possible. This can be anything from an overnight stay, to several months, and possibly up to two years. During this period, the child will stay in regular contact with their birth families.
An emergency placement may be made when social workers feel it is essential to take the child away from a particular situation that is unsafe. A child or young person may come to you with no notice, and with little opportunity for you to gain information about his/her circumstances.
Long-term foster carers offer children and young people care and security in a family for as long as it is needed – often up until he or she are able to live independently. Children in long-term foster care can grow up to reach their potential and to keep in touch with their own families.
Shared care / Short break / Respite care
Shared care / Short break / Respite foster care are terms to cover a variety of different types of part-time care which maybe anything from a few hours each week to a weekend a month.
Connected Person’s assessment
Connected Person’s assessment or Kinship Care is where relatives or friends look after children who cannot live with their parents.
The main difference between kinship fostering and private fostering is kinship fostering is organised by the local authority.
Shropshire Council helps and assist carers with support, advice and, in some cases, weekly allowances.