Types of Fostering

At Family Care, we understand that every child and young person is unique, and that’s why we offer a range of different types of foster care to meet their individual needs.

Whether it’s short-term fostering for just a few nights, or a long-term, loving family environment, we’re here to support you in providing the best possible care for these amazing young people.

What are the different types of Fostering in the UK?

As you take the exciting step of becoming a foster parent in your region, we’ll be right there by your side, preparing you for the many different types of fostering.

We understand that each child is unique, and we want to help you discover which type of fostering would be the perfect fit for you and your family.

How Does Fostering Siblings Work?

At Family Care, we understand that each young person has unique needs and circumstances that require a specific type of fostering. That’s why we offer a variety of fostering options to ensure that we can provide the best possible care for each child.

If you’re interested in becoming a foster carer but are unsure which type of fostering is right for you, don’t worry! We’re here to help. Our team will guide you through the process and work closely with you during the home visit and assessment to identify the best types of fostering for you and the young people in your care.

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Fostering FAQ'S:

Will fostering affect my benefits?

When you become a foster parent, you will receive a fostering allowance as a contribution towards the cost of caring for the child or young person in your care. The fostering allowance is designed to cover the cost of providing food, clothing, and other essential needs of the child, as well as any additional expenses related to the child’s education, hobbies, or activities.

It’s important to note that the fostering allowance is not considered income, and therefore, it shouldn’t affect any benefits you receive from the government. This means that you can still receive benefits such as child tax credits, housing benefits, or income support, in addition to the fostering allowance.

How will fostering affect my child?

Fostering can have a positive impact on your own children as well. Through their involvement in fostering, they have the opportunity to develop strong empathy and caring skills, as well as a greater understanding of diversity and different life experiences.

Our blog provides more information on the benefits of fostering not just for the children in care, but for your own family as well

Can I foster if I'm Single?

Yes, absolutely! Single individuals can absolutely become foster parents and provide a loving, stable home for a child in need.

If you are considering fostering as a single person, we encourage you to read our blog to learn more about the process and the support available to you.

Can i foster if i don't have a spare room?

One of the requirements to become a foster carer is that you must have a spare bedroom in your home. This is to ensure that the child or young person you are fostering has their own space and privacy. It’s also important to consider that the child may need some time and space to themselves as they adjust to their new environment.

Can you choose the age of the foster child?

Each foster family is distinctive, with their own preferences and requirements when it comes to fostering. For instance, carers with young biological children may opt for fostering placements with children of a similar age, while older carers may lean towards teenagers who are more self-sufficient and don’t require as much physical support. Regardless of your choice, the decision-makers will consider your motivations for choosing a specific age group, ensuring that you are matched with the most suitable fostering opportunity.

Can i choose the kind of fostering referral i have?

When you become a part of Family Care, we take the time to truly get to know you and your family. We want to understand your strengths, interests, and unique qualities so that we can find the best match for you and the child in your care. Our ultimate goal is to provide a stable and positive experience for the children and young people in our care, which is why we put in a lot of effort to ensure the best possible match. We also understand that there may be times when a referral isn’t the right fit, and we always respect your decision.

What is fostering?

Fostering is a vital service that provides a safe and nurturing family environment for children and young people who are unable to live with their birth families for various reasons. Some children may have experienced neglect, abuse or trauma, while others may have parents who are struggling with mental health issues, addiction, or financial problems. In some cases, parents may have passed away, or children may have been separated from their families due to conflict or migration.

Whatever the reason may be, foster care offers children and young people a temporary or long-term family placement where they can feel safe, supported and loved.

Are you ready to become a foster carer?

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Thank you for your enquiry about fostering with Family Care! 

Our fostering team will be in touch soon with more information.  No question is a silly question so please be sure to ask us anything!

Phone: 0800 5 677677
Email: foster@family-care.co.uk 

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