What is short term foster care?
Short term foster care can be from a few days up to two years. When a child is placed in foster care, a minimum period of stay is normally given.
What is long term foster care?
Long term foster care is when, for whatever reason, children are unable to return to their birth family. In these circumstances, many younger children are placed for adoption. For some children however, it may be more appropriate for
them to remain in long-term foster care. This would normally mean that they remain with a foster family until reaching a period of adulthood where they are able to take care of themselves. Children in long-term foster care are very much a part of the foster carer’s family.
Parent and child care
Kindercare provides placements for young mothers/fathers and their babies. These are generally short term placements in order to assess a parent’s ability to care for their child. Generally, our team at Kindercare will aim to place a parent and child placement with more experienced foster carers or those with a background of having provided support to a parent and their child previously.
Respite fostering gives support to families who are usually in need of a short break. These families may be experiencing unusually high levels of stress and need to have short periods of time without the pressures of caring for their child.
Children are linked with a foster carer who will provide regular periods of short break care (i.e. alternate weekends, holiday times). Many foster carers who work full-time like to provide this type of fostering.
Remand fostering is when a child or young person is pending court dates for an offence they are alleged to have committed. Remand fostering provides an alternative to them being looked after in custody or secure accommodation. Looking after a child or young person on remand in a family environment will often provide them to demonstrate a positive change to their behaviour in society. It is possible that the child or young person on remand will have strict bail conditions and it is the responsibility of the foster carer to ensure that they attend the necessary meetings and court dates.