There are many ways you can help a vulnerable child through fostering. It is about providing a safe and secure place for them to live whether it is or a few days or for years.

At Elite Fostering, we believe anybody can become a foster carer and we welcome people from all backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities who want to pursue this rewarding career. You only need a spare bedroom and undergo an assessment and must pass various checks.

Emergency foster placements are:

Foster carers who are available to offer a foster placement at short notice, 24 hours a day. These placements are made usually with very little preparations, for example if the lone parent is taken to hospital and there is no one to look after the child. Children and young people placed in emergency placements usually move out to a short-term placement or move back to their foster carers, birth families or extended family members.

Short term foster placements are:

Where children and young people are matched with a foster carer who supports them for weeks, months, or sometimes more than a year, whilst decisions are being made in respect of their permanency plans – this can follow on from an emergency foster placement or it can happen on its own.

Long term foster placements are:

In some situations, a child may unfortunately not be able to go back to live with their own families for quite a number of years. Longer term fostering allows children and young people to stay with a family where they feel secure, often whilst maintaining contact with their birth family. Long term fostering can also be called permanent placements, as the child stays in foster care until they become adults.

Brother and Sister placements are:

Foster placements where brothers and sisters live together so that they continue to enjoy their sibling relationship.

Parent and Child placements are:

Where foster carers care for both parent and children, which is often where a young mother or a father or sometimes both the father and the mother come to stay with a foster carer with his/her/their baby. The foster carer supports the parents and support and enable them to look after the baby. This can be an assessment placement where the foster carer continuously assesses the parenting abilities of the parent.

Parent and child fostering placements can help young parents with the extra parental support they need without having to refer them to residential units where their parenting is assessed.

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Short Break placements are:

Where approved foster carers offer placements at regular intervals to offer respite for birth families. This can sometimes be known as “shared care” as it covers a variety of different types of part-time care, from a few hours a week to a couple of weekends each month, to even a full week or two weeks.

Respite placements are:

Respite placements are normally  offered to our own foster carers to provide them with respite for many different reasons – maybe a foster carer needs to travel abroad for an emergency, or perhaps if a child has siblings as well as mental health or learning difficulties then their birth family may want some respite care in order to look after their other children and stop them from potentially feeling left out.

Find out more about respite care fostering.