Team Fostering: Could You Foster? - Types of Fostering: Short-Term 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.

This can mean that a child has been removed from their home due to concerns for their safety, or even that their parents or guardians cannot look after them for a time because of illness or a family breakdown. Although there is no time limit to short-term fostering, it is a temporary form of fostering which often lasts for weeks or months until the child is returned home or a long-term or permanent arrangement is made, if required.

Children and young people in short-term care require a period of stability and providing this kind of care can grant a young person some time, space and safety during what can be an uncertain time. Carers who provide short-term care can give a stable, supportive home to children who may not know what is around the corner for them, while discussions take place – in consultation with the child – about their long-term future.

Short-Term Fostering:

  • Helps children or young people maintain their regular routine including school and activities.
  • Can help children understand and cope with their emotions during a period of upheaval.
  • Supports young people to maintain contact with their birth family where appropriate.

To find out more about Short-Term Fostering with Team Fostering, leave us your details here, chat to one of our advisors on Live Chat or call us on 0800 292 2003, we'd be happy to answer all of your questions. 


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