Types of foster care
There are many different types of foster care and many are full time, but if this doesn't suit you, then supportive lodgings or family link might be an option. A brief summary of the types of care can be found below but we will discuss them more closely with you when we visit.
Short term carers
Short term foster care can mean caring for a child or children for anything from a few days to two years. During this period social workers will be making plans for them to move on to a permanent placement, either with their birth family or with long term foster carers or an adoptive family. This can be a very unsettling time and part of your role will be to support the child to move on.
Permanent / Long Term Foster Care
We always need foster carers that can provide a permanent home for children and young people. This type of care is a long term commitment and you need to be willing to stick by them through the good and bad times until adulthood. You really could make a difference to their future. You need to embrace them as another member of your family while recognising that they still have a relationship with their birth family.
We have a number of children who need to stay together with their brothers and/or sisters. Could you offer a long term family placement to those children who need to stay together within a family?
The supportive lodgings scheme provides accommodation for young people aged 16 and over. We need carers who can provide a range of accommodation and support to these young people as they try to find their way in life. Many of these young people will have previously been placed in foster homes or one of our residential establishments.
The service in run by the council's young person support team. If you are specifically interested in becoming a supportive lodgings carer then please let us know so we can arrange for a supportive lodgings worker to come and visit you.
Parent and baby placements
We require carers to provide short term placements for parents and their babies, offering support and advice so the parents can care for their own child. Each parent will need different levels of support and monitoring, which will be made clear to you in advance. You would not care directly for the baby except for short periods agreed in advance to give the parent a break.
These carers provide regular short breaks for children with disabilities which gives the parent(s) the chance to have a regular break from looking after their disabled child, while giving the child opportunities to meet different people and do new things.
You will need to have a genuine interest in providing short term care for a child with disabilities, within your home.