Different types of fostering
Short term fostering is for children of all ages who can require fostering for anything from a couple of days up to two years. Whilst the child is with you they may keep in regular contact with their birth parents.
Long term fostering offers children, normally over the age of 10, the care and security of a family for as long as needed until they are ready to lead their own independent lives. As with short-term fostering, the child will continue to keep in touch with their own families. We also offer our placements the opportunity to ‘stay put’ which is a scheme whereby our placement stays with their foster carer up to the age of 25, providing that is what both parties wish to do.
Respite fostering for BCP Council is a kind of part-time care which could be every weekend or once a month. Usually the child will already have full-time foster carers. This is a very flexible form of fostering that can be arranged to fit in with other commitments fairly easily.
This type of fostering is unplanned and used at short notice, for example, if a lone parent is taken into hospital and there is no one to care for their child. Emergency foster carers will need to be prepared to take a child into their home at any time of the night or day and have them stay for a few days. Longer-term plans must then be considered.