Short-term These are the most common types of placement and can vary in length from a couple of weeks to a couple of years. The children involved may be going through care proceedings or waiting to be adopted. Alternatively, their parents may be temporarily unable to care for them, through illness or other circumstance.
Long-term These placements allow children who can’t or don’t wish to be adopted, to live in a stable, caring family environment until they become adults. Unlike with adoption, the children remain the legal responsibility of the local authority, and fostering allowances continue to be supplied to the Foster Carer.
Parent and child These may be pre-birth placements, to help the mother prepare for the arrival of her baby. Or they may be a parent who needs some help to learn basic care skills, and how to provide a safe, nurturing environment for their child.
Specialist placements Some children have specialist needs – perhaps because they have a disability, or they have come to the UK seeking asylum and have little or no English skills. At ISP, we will provide you with the full specialist training to ensure you are able to care for these specialist needs.
Respite care All foster parents are entitled to 22 days respite leave a year. Similarly for parents of children with disabilities, regular breaks can often be a lifesaver. Respite care fostering provides these vital breathers for the carers.