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Foster care can vary from a few nights or weeks to a more long-term placement. While the length of time changes from family to family, one thing never changes: each stay provides a safe haven.
Just as no two children are the same, no two foster families are either. There isn’t a one-size fits all approach to fostering, people from all walks of life can provide a place for children to call home. A place to live, learn, laugh and feel loved.
Short-term foster care can include anything from a day to a year, and everything in between. This type of foster care is a temporary home for a child while plans are being considered.
Your role, as a short-term foster carer, is to assist us on the route to deciding the right long-term plan for the child. You’ll be there for the child every step of the way while they need you, and help them move back home, to another foster family or adoptive family.
A short stay plays a big part in a child’s life, no matter how little time you foster for. Even a day can provide a pathway to a brighter future.
Long-term foster care offers children who can't return home a longer-term plan so they can spread their roots. They know where they are staying today, tomorrow and until they are grown up.
Through careful matching, long-term foster care unites the right foster child with the right carer until they reach adulthood, or when they’re ready to be independent.
Both short-term and long-term foster care can include specialist kinds of foster care. These include:
We can all need time out every now and again. A chance to recharge and take a break away from life as we know it. Short breaks enable children to do just that – to take some time away from their family.
Short breaks, sometimes referred to as ‘respite care’, can mean taking a child in overnight at weekends or a short holiday. These breaks are planned and can be regular, enabling you to become an extension of the child’s family. Short break care provides children with a wealth of new experiences and opportunities, helping them to write the next chapter.
There are young parents in Flintshire who are at risk of having their child enter into the care system, because they lack the support needed to guide them to being a good parent.
Parent and child placements help these young parents on their journey, by providing a supportive setting where they can learn and grow. As a parent and child carer, your role is to guide a young parent until they feel able to care for their child on their own. You will work with them to help them to help them be the best parents they can be.
Therapeutic care can be required for children with complex behavioural or emotional needs. This type of placement ensures that children have the extra level of support they need. As a trained therapeutic carer, you will learn to care for these children in the most effective way possible.