There are many ways to change children's lives
There are many ways to change children’s lives by becoming a foster carer. YOU can choose which type of fostering suits your household, skill set and lifestyle.
Here are some of the many ways you can make a difference. Click on an option to expand it:
As the title suggests, these are placements that are required for a short period of time. However, that timeframe can range from a few weeks to a year or more! This is because the Care Plan for the child or young person is uncertain and is still subject to assessment and further decisions.
The local authority will need to make decisions about whether the child can be returned to the care of their birth family or whether a longer term placement is required. You would work closely with the local authority social worker, as you will often have a special insight into the needs of the child or young person that has lived with you.
Long-term placements are often sought when a child or young person is unable to return to their birth family, for a variety of reasons. Therefore, you would be providing them with a secure and stable home throughout their childhood and into adulthood.
When a fostered young person reaches 18, they are no longer classed as a ‘looked-after child’. However, that doesn’t mean that they are required to move out of the foster home. If you and the young person are in agreement, special arrangements can be made for them to continue to live with you. This is called Staying Put in England, and When I’m Ready in Wales.
This is one of the most sought-after fostering requests. Keeping siblings together will usually help to make a foster home more inviting, and less daunting for young people. From a child’s point of view, having your brother or sister with you will mean retaining that important family bond.
Providing a sibling placement will be dependent on factors such as the amount of spare bedrooms you have in your home (if a bedroom can’t be shared for a particular placement).
Whilst this category of fostering may be less well known in the wider world, it is no less important. This is when you foster a parent and their young child(ren), over a 12 week assessment period. In this time, you would provide support and guidance to the parent, helping them build their skills and confidence.
PACT fostering requires additional training, which we provide in-house.