What is Fostering

Fostering means caring for and supporting a child or young person in your home as their own family are not able to.

This can be for many reasons, including relationship problems, family breakdown, parent’s illness or death, as well as abuse or neglect.

Being part of a foster family helps children and young people to work through their experiences, in a safe, caring and supportive environment.

Fostering can be amazingly rewarding as well as challenging, with the knowledge that you are making a difference to children and young people who have faced real difficulties in their lives. Without great foster carers, their future chances would be very different; you can be part of supporting them to develop the skills, emotional resilience and confidence for a better future.

Some children and young people return home but others may need a foster family until they are adults. There are different types of fostering:


Some children and young people need a home while a suitable placement is found or while issues at home are sorted out. This can be from a few weeks to a few years with many short term placements becoming long term ones. Short-term is not the same as short breaks.

Respite Care

Giving our foster carers a well-deserved break for weekends and holidays; all our foster carers get 23 days respite each year.


Supporting children and young people into adult life and independence.

Parent and Child

Supporting looked-after young people, parent and child placements help the parent-to-be or new parent learn basic skills, ensuring they provide a safe and caring environment for their child.

Specialist placements

Some children may have quite specific needs, for example a disability.


Providing emergency placements, with no planned length of stay.

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