Short-Term Foster Care
Short term fostering is the most common type of foster care. These temporary placements provide a child or young person with a safe environment until they can return to the family home and their birth parents or, if this isn’t possible, until full-time adoptive parents – or a more long-term arrangement – can be found.
These short placements can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to several months and short-term parents may be required to take on a child with very little notice as part of an emergency foster placement. Throughout these placements, every effort is made to ensure that the children or young people in care can continue their lives normally – including attending school and seeing their friends and family if possible.
Short-term care placements can occur for a variety of reasons and so cover a variety of different situations. These situations include caring for a child while more long-term or permanent solutions – such as adoption – are finalised. They can also occur as part of a remand placement where a child or young person undergoes court proceedings. They can also occur to remove the child from a neglectful family situation, poor home conditions or a situation where a parent is temporarily unable to look after them due to health reasons.
Throughout your fostering work with Excel, you’ll be supported by a supervising social worker who will help guide you in the care of your placement and will also work closely with local authorities to make a long-term plan for their future.
By working with Excel Fostering and becoming a foster carer offering short-term services, you’ll be helping support children and young people through a difficult part of their lives and help them plan for their future – whether that future includes a return to their birth parents or not. Along with the rewarding experience of caring for a foster placement, you’ll also have the opportunity to help rebuild familial bonds and bring families closer together.
Short term placements are just one of the many types of fostering we offer. Click here for more information on other available types of fostering placement – including specialist types such as sibling group and respite care.
As an independent agency, we work with local authorities to provide high-quality care services to young people in need. If you’re over 21 years of age, in good health, have a spare room in your home and are interested in starting your fostering career, then we would love to hear from you. After completing the assessment process and becoming a registered carer with Excel, you’ll receive a competitive weekly allowance as well as important parenting skills training to help provide the best service possible.
Make a difference, change a life and start a new career today by contacting the Excel Fostering office. Whether you’re looking for more information or want to apply, our team would love to hear from you. You can call us on 01253 712734, fill out our online contact form or send us a message on our live chat. We look forward to hearing from you!