Team Fostering | Types of Fostering

Types of Fostering

Foster carers look after a range of children and young people with different life experiences and from different backgrounds. 

We recommend that all potential foster carers consider looking after a diverse range of children, in order for us to find suitable families for all of those who are in need a loving and safe home, and we encourage people from all walks of life and backgrounds to consider becoming foster carers. 

Find out more below about the different types of foster care provided by Team Fostering. 




Short-Term Fostering

Short-term fostering takes place when local authorities identify that a child needs to be cared for outside of the family home for a short period of time.

Read more about Short-Term Fostering here.

Long-Term Fostering

Long-term fostering provides substitute care when a child or young person in care is unable to return to their family. 

Read more about Long-Term Fostering here. 

Short Break Care

Short Break Care is a type of foster care where children or young people are placed with another carer for a short period of time to allow their main carer to take breaks.

Read more about Short Break Care here.

Fostering Teenagers

There can be a preconception that children in foster care are babies or toddlers; however, there are an increasing number of teenagers taken into foster care.

Read more about Fostering Teenagers here.

Fostering Sibling Groups

Whenever possible, it’s recommended that siblings who are taken into foster care at the same time are kept together to provide support for each other.

Read more about Fostering Sibling Groups here. 

Parent and Child Fostering

Parent and Child fostering can help young parents take the first steps on their parenting journey with the support of an experienced foster carer.

Read more about Parent and Child Fostering here.

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) are in need of foster care which is sensitive to their experiences and cultural upbringing.

Read more about UASC Fostering here.

Fostering Children with Disabilities

Sometimes the children we work with have medical conditions and disabilities which need to be considered when planning their care.

Read more about Fostering Children with Disabilities here. 

Emergency Fostering

Emergency fostering is the most immediate type of foster care, and requires an urgent response from local authorities, fostering agencies and foster carers.

Read more about Emergency Fostering here.

Step Down Fostering

Step Down Fostering is a form of fostering where a child who has been living in residential care makes the transition into a family environment.

Read more about Step Down Fostering here.