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Amicus Foster Care | Independent Fostering Agency | South West England

Types Of Foster Care...


There are lots of different types of foster placement that last for different lengths of time, and you’re free to choose which types you’d like to take on. Usually, the exact length of their stay will be unknown, but they tend to fit into the following categories.



Short term foster care
A child will stay with you for anything from a few days to a couple of years while local authorities make plans for their future.


Long term foster care
Sometimes, children need to live away from their birth family permanently but don’t want to be adopted. So they might stay with you until they’re adults.


Respite care
If parents need a short break, you’ll look after their child for up to a few weeks. This is often the case when the child has special needs or behavioural difficulties that can get stressful or exhausting over long periods.


Emergency foster care
When a child needs a safe place to stay at short notice, they’ll be placed with you for a few days and nights.

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