What is short-term foster care?
Short-term foster care is when a child is placed temporarily with a carer for a limited period of time, anywhere from two weeks to two years, usually until the child can be safely reunited with their birth family or a permanent family is found for them.
Short-term foster care is important as it provides stability and security for a child during a time of upheaval or crisis in their life. Short-term foster care can be a stepping stone to permanent foster care, or it can be the child’s only experience of foster care if they are able to return safely to their birth family.
Support for short-term foster carers
Undergo foster care training
24/7 on-call support
Access to foster care payments
Ongoing learning & events
What is expected of a short-term foster carer?
You provide a safe, stable and nurturing family home to support children through this time of change. It’s important you have a child-focused approach to meet the needs of the child and build a strong relationship with them, their family and case workers. Being flexible to meet a child’s individual needs is important.
Barnardos gives foster care support through 24/7 telephone support, training and ongoing learning, to give you confidence in your fostering role. You will be part of a team and never be alone as we provide guidance all the way through your fostering journey.
We provide support every step of the way.
Our goals for short-term foster care
General questions on short-term foster care
Becoming a foster carer provides an opportunity to make a real difference in the life of a child or young person in need. As a short-term foster carer, you can provide a safe and caring environment for a limited time and help the child work through their issues and develop their skills. You will also have the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with the child and help them transition back to their birth family or into permanent care if needed.
To become a short-term foster carer with Barnardos, you must first complete an application form and attend an information session. Barnardos will then assess if you meet the criteria for becoming a foster carer and provide additional training and support. Once you have been approved, you will be matched with a child or young person in need of care and support. Take the first step by applying to become a foster carer.
"If you're interested in becoming a foster carer, I'd say jump in. It's probably the best thing I've ever done." - Anna
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