Types of fostering placement


Sibling

fostering

Brothers and sisters are a great support for each other, they will play and occupy one another and also share their time in care together. Many of our foster carers offer loving homes for our sibling groups of children, but we need more foster carers who have valuable time and energy to be a role model for groups of brothers and sisters.



Emergency

fostering

This is a placement that is made within 24 hours of it being requested, and where there has been no prior plan. Wholistic Fostering provides a 24-hour emergency service for urgent cases such as these. Ideally an emergency placement should not exceed two weeks.



Short-term

fostering

When a child needs support for a relatively short period of time, which could be either days or months, they will be placed with a short term foster carer. This is usually an interim arrangement until they can return to their birth family or a suitable long term placement is made.



Long-term

fostering

Long-term fostering allows children and young people to stay in a family where they can feel secure, while maintaining contact with their birth family. These placements are carefully planned. We tell carers everything we know about the child and thoroughly check that the child and carer are a good match.



Respite

fostering

Respite Fostering is ideal for families, couples or single people who work full-time but still want to make a difference to a child’s life. Respite usually takes place at weekends and school holidays to support a child in placement with one of our existing foster carers. It could also be for a child in a residential school who needs some experience family life.



Disability

fostering

Providing foster care to children and young people with disabilities is also something that we offer. As a disability carer, you’ll be offering specialist care to children with complex needs which can include physical disabilities, medical conditions or learning difficulties.



Step Down

fostering

Young people remanded into care by the courts following alleged criminal activity, or requiring a bail address. Also known as Remand fostering.



Parent & child

fostering

Usually a mother and her child are placed with foster carers to keep the child and mother safe and often to provide a foster carer assessment of the mother’s parenting skills.