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Types of Fostering

There are a lot of crucial things to consider when deciding which fostering option is right for you, like your skillset, lifestyle or family.

There are certain types of foster care that would be better suited for carers who specialise in that area such as disability fostering or UASC. There are other types that would be better suited for those who carry a variety of different skills and experience.

Here at Compass Fostering, we take special care to ensure that we can support each child and young person’s specific needs. Therefore, we provide comprehensive training and support to all of our foster carers so that they can offer the best care available to their child or young person.

Types of fostering that we provide are:

 

Short-Term >        Emergency >        Respite >        Long-Term >        Therapeutic >        UASC >        Parent & Child >        Step Down >        Disability >        Staying Put >

Short Term Fostering

One of the most sought-after types of fostering in the UK is short-term fostering. This arrangement occurs when a child is in need of support for a short period of time, ranging from a few days to a couple of years. Short-term fostering is relatively similar to emergency fostering and is always temporary until the child can return to their birth family or a permanent arrangement is made for them.

Emergency Fostering

In many instances, a child or a young person may be brought into foster care due to unforeseen emergencies. Emergency fostering often happens with very short notice, with little time to prepare. The placement can last for a night or even a few weeks, with the potential to turn long-term depending on family circumstances.

Respite fostering

Respite foster care is when foster children take a short-term stay with another foster family in order to their birth family or primary foster carer a break. Respite fostering usually only occurs for a couple of days, so that foster carers are given the chance to rewind and not become overwhelmed. Respite fostering is extremely valuable if the foster family is experiencing difficulties.

Long term fostering

Another common fostering option is long term fostering, which is where foster children remain with their foster family for an extended period of time. This is an ideal option for many children and young people in care, as it provides them with the opportunity to experience a secure and loving home. Long term fostering is also a great alternative for adoption.

Therapeutic fostering

Therapeutic fostering is an arrangement for children or young people who have experienced significant neglect or trauma and would benefit from therapeutic care. During this placement, foster carers will assist in the healing process for the child under their care using skills from an enhanced training programme provided by Compass.

Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC)

Another common fostering option is long term fostering, which is where foster children remain with their foster family for an extended period of time. This is an ideal option for many children and young people in care, as it provides them with the opportunity to experience a secure and loving home. Long term fostering is also a great alternative for adoption.

Parent & Child

Parent and Child Fostering is a specialist type of fostering arrangement, where a baby is taken into foster care with their mother/and or father. This type of fostering supports the parent(s) in developing the skills they need to care for their child, working toward securing a better outcome for everyone.

Step Down Fostering

All young people should have a secure family home. So that’s why we developed a step down programme. Step down is a type of foster care where a child previously living in a residential home setting has come to live with a foster family.

Disability Fostering

At Compass, we understand the unique challenges of finding suitable foster homes for children with disabilities or additional needs. That’s why we go the extra mile to provide specialised training and support to our foster carers.

Staying Put Fostering

If you’re a foster carer, or are interested in fostering, you might have heard of an arrangement called ‘staying put’, or ‘when I’m ready.’ Staying Put foster care arrangements enable our young people to continue living with their foster carers after they turn 18.

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