Foster carers come from all walks of life just like the children who need foster care:
Fostering can be split up into the following types of care depending on the childs requirements:
Short term/temporary foster carers
Needed to look after children for short periods of time which can range from a few days, months and sometimes up to two years.
Long term/permanent foster carers
Needed to offer children and young people a family throughout their childhood and even support into adulthood.
Short break/respite carers
Needed to offer children a series of short breaks.
Needed to offer children immediate placement outside of normal office hours. The children usually stay in these placements for a matter of days only until a more suitable placement is found.
Family and friends as foster carers
Are placements for looked-after children who are known to the applicants.