Our carers provide many different types of foster care to meet the needs of children across the UK.
Emergency fostering placements come at short notice, when a child needs to be rehomed immediately due to it being unsafe for them to stay where they are.
Sometimes, short-term foster care are required in the interim before children can be moved to a longer-term placement. 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, therefore we need foster carers to be on hand to help develop the parents skills whilst they learn from you. These placements are typically 12 weeks long but may last longer.
Bridging is a type of short-term foster care which takes place when babies or very young children need a temporary home before moving on to somewhere more permanent. You may be asked to provide foster care on a short-term basis as we prepare to move children back with their birth family or find long-term care or forever homes through adoption.
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.
During the fostering assessment process, we’ll talk through any questions and concerns you may have about different types of foster care, to make sure you’re completely comfortable with the foster placements you’re asked to do. We can also provide ongoing training and support to help you prepare for more specialist placements, such as a training course on parent and child fostering.
If you’d like to find out more about fostering with The NFA Fostering Family, take a look at our guidance on becoming a foster carer, or read our real-life fostering stories to discover more about what fostering is really like. We also have a frequently asked questions page, which is packed with helpful information.