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Different Types of Fostering

Some different types of fostering according to circumstances

Fostering can have different types, each depending upon the circumstances. As a foster carer, you have the option to specialize in a type and progress as that particular type of foster carer. These all different types of foster care have their own challenges and rewards. This article sheds light on some different types of fostering. You can pick one according to your liking and carry on that particular path.

Thinking about becoming a foster carer? These are the types you can choose from!


Emergency foster carers will need to be prepared to take a child into their home at any time of the night or day and have them stay for a few days. This type of fostering is unplanned and used at short notice, for example, if a lone parent is taken into hospital and there is no one to care for their child. Longer-term plans must then be considered.


This term is used specifically in Scotland, and refers to a placement of any length secured by a permanence order. A permanence order removes the child from the children’s hearing system and can last until the child reaches the age of 18. It transfers the parental right to have the child living with the parent and to control where the child lives to the local authority.

Short break

Also known as ‘shared care’, this covers a variety of different types of part-time care. Short break carers might have a child to stay for anything from a few hours each week to a couple of weekends each month, giving their own family or full-time foster carers a break.

You should consider what skills and experience you have, as well as what would suit you and your family best. Your fostering service will also advise you on this, and will be able to give you more information about the types of foster care they offer and the people they need.

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