Long Term Foster Care
What is long term fostering?
Long term fostering occurs when a foster placement is unable to return to their birth family and adoption may not be possible for the child or young person in question.
A long term foster placement will usually last until the child or young person has reached adulthood and has aged out of foster care.
Benefits of long term foster care
With these placements, the young person in care is a full member of the family, allowing them to benefit from a sense of stability and permanency but also grow and develop on a stable foundation. It allows the children and young people in long term foster placements to build attachments and trust with their new family and feel safe and secure in their place in life.
It can also help with their school and future employment, as there is more time to settle into education without the disruption of moving around repeatedly. All of this combines to create an incredibly positive outlook for those in long term foster care, and creates an environment that fosters positive growth and development.
Long term fostering versus adoption
Some people see long term fostering placements as an alternative to adoption. This shouldn’t be the case. Long term foster care allows the child or young person in care to remain in contact with their birth parents – if this is deemed suitable – from within a strong support system. While this may be very limited contact, it allows the familial relationship to remain which may be helpful in their development.
Adoption, on the other hand, is a more permanent arrangement and causes legal separation from the birth family, with the adoptive family assuming exclusive parental legal control.
Why become a long term foster carer
If you are currently a carer and have decided you want to become a long term foster carer, then you’ll be providing an essential fostering service. You’ll be making a real difference in the life of children and young people in care and will be helping them create a new life for themselves and develop as people. As well as being able to enjoy the rewarding experience of helping a child grow into a successful adult, you’ll also be awarded a higher than normal long term fostering allowance. You’ll also be provided with specialist foster parenting training and support to ensure you have everything you need to provide an excellent service.
Once you express your interest in providing a more permanent foster care placement, your supervising social worker will compare your skills and experience with the children and young people in need of such care. If there is a match, your social worker will contact you to pass on the relevant information so that you can make the right decision for you and your family.
By becoming a long term foster parent with Excel Fostering, you’ll be changing the lives of children and young people in your local authority. All you need is to be over 21 years of age, be in good health and have a spare bedroom in your home. Learn more about long term foster care requirements.
If you are not currently a foster parent and wish to apply to become a long term foster carer, or for any other types of foster care services we offer to local authorities in your area, then we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with one of our expert team today. You can contact us by phone on 01253 712734 or by using our online contact form.