Our carers provide many different types of foster care to meet the needs of children across the UK. These include short term or long term, bridging, and parent and child fostering.
National Fostering Group offers several types of foster care. These have been designed around the needs of the child. We’ll also help you make the choice of which one is right for you and your family, including your birth children.
Whatever types of foster care you settle on, you’ll have our full support in everything you do. Staring with your basic mandatory training, we offer many opportunities to improve your knowledge and skills so you can be your best in your role. Many of our optional training courses are useful for particular types of fostering and could help you specialise in types of fostering that attract a higher fostering allowance.
You will also be assigned a Supervising Social Worker and you’ll build strong contacts at your local National Fostering Group agency. You’ll also have access to 24/7 advice and strong peer support. If you are a carer in Kent, you could also benefit from the additional support network at Heath Farm, one of our agencies which operates a therapeutic fostering structure known as Mockingbird.
Emergency fostering come at short notice, when a baby, child or young person needs to be rehomed immediately if it’s not possible or unsafe for them to stay where they are. They are very varied by nature and require flexibility and patience.
Sometimes, short-term (or temporary) foster care is required in the interim before children can be moved to a longer-term family or be returned to their family home, where possible. Foster carers like you can help by giving children all the care and attention they need as they settle into their temporary home and prepare for their next move.
Parents sometimes need a little bit of extra help caring for their children. We need foster carers to be on hand to help develop the parents’ skills whilst they learn from you. These type of foster care are typically 12 weeks long but may last longer.
Bridge to Foster is a type of temporary foster care which helps foster children adjust to the significant step of moving on to somewhere more permanent. We support you with a specialist package that aims to equip you with skills and resources as you prepare them.
Sometimes the best solution is for the child to remain with a foster family for several years or up until they are ready to take care of themselves, which is where long-term foster care comes in. More often than not, the child will become a firm member of your family for the rest of your life.
Respite care provides short-term care for children with the same carer, allowing emergency support for long-term foster carers. We arrange planned respite where possible, so the child can build a trusted relationship with the respite carer.
As you might expect, this is a demanding role with a lot of responsibility. It’s a highly specialised role for an experienced foster carer who might have additional skills and training. We recommend you consider being available to foster young children of other ages too.
Young people in the criminal justice system might be in need of a foster care while waiting for their court date. As a remand foster carer, your support and encouragement can make a real difference in helping young people into a better future.
We do everything possible to keep siblings together when they are placed into foster care. This type of foster care is in demand. Can you provide a home for two or more brothers or sisters in a stable environment together?
This group includes asylum seekers, refugees and migrants who have arrived in the UK without parents or close family members to look after them. Foster carers should be prepared to support their foster child in recovery from trauma and the practicalities of learning English.
Staying Put provides the opportunity for a young person in foster care to get into or continue education and training. It also gives them more time to make the transition into adulthood and independent living.
It’s interesting that most new foster carers have a clear understanding of the types of fostering they’d like to do. However, their preferences tend to evolve as they become more experienced, as they undertake different types of training, or even as a result of talking with other foster carers. We see foster carers who, when they started out, had preferences for babies and toddlers. Before long, they’re fostering three teenagers and absolutely loving it.