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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

 

Care for teenagers

Care for teenagers

Young people aged 11 and over need a local home and independence skills.

 

Permanent care

Permanent care

Children unable to return to their birth family need permanent care.

Suffolk Theraputic Fostering

Suffolk Theraputic Fostering

Some children and young people in care will have more complex needs that require a higher level of support.

PACE carers

PACE carers

Provide overnight care for vulnerable young people as an alternative to police custody.

Short term care

Short term care

Short term care can range from one day to several months or years.

Short breaks care

Short breaks care

Short break carers can provide rest for full time carers on holidays or weekends.

Staying Put scheme

The Staying Put scheme helps young people stay with their foster family beyond the age of 18.

 

Parent and young child care

Parent and young child care

Placements for parents building confidence and experience in raising young children.

 

Link Care scheme

Link Care scheme

The Link Care scheme gives short breaks for disabled children and families.

 

Link-up befrienders

Link-up befrienders help young people gain independence.

Short term care

Emergency care

Foster carers with some experience can provide shelter for children in emergency situations.

Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

Support a child or young person seeking refuge with a foster family.

 

Get in touch

If you have any queries about fostering, or are interested in starting your journey as a foster carer, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
 

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