Different types of foster care
There are many ways of fostering to reflect the differing needs of our children and young people.
As part of our assessment process, our team will help you choose the type of fostering which would be suitable for you and your family.
In Suffolk, we urgently need more fosters carers for:
- children over the age of 11
- sibling groups of 3, or those over the age of 8
- children needing a permanent family
- disabled children
- unaccompanied asylum-seeking children
Many of these children wait a long time to be placed with a family who they know will be able to offer them the long-term care they desperately need to feel secure, and have a sense of belonging.
All types of fostering
You can find out more about different types of foster care below. Alternatively, download our Introduction to Fostering Guide (PDF 1MB).
Different types of fostering
Young people aged 11 and over need a local home and independence skills.
Children unable to return to their birth family need permanent care.
Some children and young people in care will have more complex needs that require a higher level of support.
Provide overnight care for vulnerable young people as an alternative to police custody.
Short term care can range from one day to several months or years.
Short break carers can provide rest for full time carers on holidays or weekends.
The Staying Put scheme helps young people stay with their foster family beyond the age of 18.
Placements for parents building confidence and experience in raising young children.
The Link Care scheme gives short breaks for disabled children and families.
Link-up befrienders help young people gain independence.
Foster carers with some experience can provide shelter for children in emergency situations.
Support a child or young person seeking refuge with a foster family.