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Different Types of Fostering

There are different types of fostering that cater to the situation and needs of children in care.
To find out more click on the boxes below for a brief explanation.


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

Short- term fostering

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.

Fostering For Adoption

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

Long- Term Fostering

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 & friends

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