Fostering Services

What are the different types of Fostering?


We offer a range of different types of fostering placements to suit our children and young person's particular needs. This can be anything from emergency placements to parent and child placements. No two children are the same, meaning they require individual, tailored care with some only requiring care for a couple of nights and others needing a more permanent environment.


It is important that you understand the different types of fostering that we offer and explore which type will be most suited to you and your family. If you're considering becoming a Foster Parent but you're unsure which type of fostering is for you, we've explained the different types below:


Emergency placements

This type of fostering is required at short notice and is unplanned and usually made within 24 hours of it being requested, for an example a single parent may have fallen ill and the child is left without adequate care. Emergency foster carers will need to be prepared to look after a child or young person for a short period of time (sometimes just a couple of days) and be able to take them in at any time of the day or night. It will usually not exceed two weeks in length.


Short term foster placements

Short term foster placements can be anything from an overnight stay to a number of months and is used a temporary means until a more permanent, longer-term fostering placement or adoption agreement can be made. Typically refers to a placement which exceeds no more than 12 months.


Long term foster placements

In certain circumstances a child or young person may not be able to return to their birth parents for a number of years, if at all. Long term fostering means children will require a foster parent/family and home where they can feel secure for a long period time, sometimes a number of years or even through to adulthood.


Parent and child foster placements

Parent and child foster placements are for young people who have become a parent and require support and guidance in caring for their own child. You will be required to mentor and nurture them to ensure they care for their child adequately. You will not necessarily care for the baby but help the young person through parenthood which can often be a daunting process for new mothers.


Sibling placements

This type of placement will see a foster parent care for siblings to ensure they stay together throughout care. Contact with siblings is extremely important for the children or young person, meaning they can share experiences and support one another throughout challenging times. We always try to keep sibling groups together where we can and find that these children and more likely to settle and progress if kept with their brothers and/or sisters. We always require foster parents who can offer this type of fostering.


Foster placements for disabled children

Disabled children often require extra specialised care and attention meaning these placements can be complex and entail further training but they are also extremely rewarding. You can give a disabled child the opportunity to meet new people, whilst giving their family or carer some much needed respite. These children could have physical, learning or sensory disabilities and placements could be anything from a couple of hours to longer.


Foster placements for sanctuary-seeking children

Some of the children who are referred to us are those who are seeking asylum having been separated from their families after a traumatic experience and often speaking little to no English. These children can often be frightened and find the experience extremely overwhelming but it is down to you to provide them with a secure home and help them adjust to a new country and feel safe and secure whilst they apply for refugee status. We’ll ensure you know how to deal with these children, understand their background and teach you how to meet their needs.


Remand placements

This type of foster placement requires foster parents to look after a child or young person who is remanded by the courts into public care rather than to the custody of a young offenders unit if they have been charged with an offence but are awaiting trial. These placements are usually short term and require foster parents to work closely with the young justice/offending teams to gain the best outcome for them.


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Fostering Office Locations

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The By the Bridge with Cambian fostering offices are countryside locations, carefully chosen and decorated with bright colours, pictures and plants so that everyone experiences a sense of care, value and ‘a homely’ feel when they come to work or visit.

We aim to create an environment where people feel valued and can grow, develop and achieve their goals.