Types of Foster Care
Children who need our support and care are individuals who require different things at different times in their lives. This means we need a variety of carers with lots of different life experiences and who can provide inclusive and energised care for Plymouth children.
Our children range in age from infants to older teenagers. They may need care for a few days, weeks or months. Some will need an alternative family for all their childhood. Children need stability and guidance. They need help to understand why they are not able to be looked after by parents or people that they know and will need lots of reassurance about their future.
Below are the different types of foster care
Time-limited (short term) foster care
Who are the children?
Children who require to be fostered in time-limited placements are aged 0 to 18 and received into care for a wide variety of reasons. Sometimes the problems at home can be resolved quickly. For others, it can take longer for families to get back on their feet.
Occasionally, the difficulties are such that a decision is reached that a child cannot return home. If this happens, the child will move to a permanent fostering or adoptive home.
Permanent foster care
Children who need permanent fostering will have been looked after by the Local Authority and cannot return to their own homes for a range of reasons. They are likely to have experienced trauma and will require a supportive and loving family to support them into adulthood and beyond.
Parent and child foster care
The birth parents
Birth parents will need help and guidance to cope with the responsibilities that come with being a parent. Being placed in this type of care allows the parent(s) to benefit from the reassurance and advice the foster carer can provide while the child is in a safe, nurturing and secure environment of a foster home.
Parent and child carers don’t provide full care of the child (except if required), but they support and encourage the parent(s) to develop their skills.
The foster carer has a vital role in observing and recording how the parent looks after the child.
Respite foster care
Children who need respite foster care are aged 0 to 18. They are in foster care for a variety of reasons.
Short break foster care
Children who need short break foster care are aged 0 to 18. They need short break care for a variety of reasons.
IF YOU’RE NOT SURE WHICH IS THE BEST TYPE OF FOSTER CARE MOST SUITED TO YOU PLEASE CONTACT A MEMBER OF OUR TEAM