Types of Fostering

Children drawing with their foster carer

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Fostering is about caring for children and young people in your own home.

For many reasons, there are around 500 children from Stockton-on-Tees being looked after by foster carers.

Many of these children will eventually return to their families. In some cases, this may take a matter of days or weeks – so we need short-term foster carers. In other cases it may take much longer and children could be living with foster carers for a number of years, even into adulthood until they are ready to live independently.

Short term/temporary placements
Foster carers look after children for short periods ranging from a few days or months up to two years. Children in these placements may return to their birth family or move on to a permanent placement either via long-term fostering or adoption.

Long term/permanent placements
Foster carers provide children and young people with a family throughout their childhood and support them into adulthood.

Short break/respite placements
Foster carers offer children a series of short breaks. They give respite to other foster carers who normally care for the child, or to the child’s birth family.

Emergency placements
Foster carers offer children immediate placements outside normal office hours. Children usually stay in these emergency placements for only a few days until a more permanent alternative is found.

Connected carer placements
Foster carers look after children who have been placed with them and are already known to them.


Contact us for a Fostering Information Pack

Telephone: 01642 526218

Email: [email protected]

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