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types of fostering

Children and young people placed with Nexus Fostering carers have unique and diverse needs and cannot remain living in their family home for various reasons.

Nexus Fostering also provides placements for children with special needs, both physical and educational, and for sick children. Sometimes we may seek a placement with foster carers for a parent and their young child or baby to assess their parenting ability, or provide experienced advice and support to a new parent who is struggling in this role. Our placements may be planned or made on an emergency basis. Some placements become permanent or are made on a planned permanent basis.

The length of time a child may stay with a foster carer will vary from a few days to several months, or even longer, possibly a year or more, if it is not safe for them to return home. Here is a summary of the different types of fostering we offer.

Short-term foster care

This is when carers look after children temporarily, while plans are made for the child's future. Sometimes this can involve looking after children in emergencies when they need somewhere safe to stay for a few nights.

Long-term foster care and permanence

Not all children who need to permanently live away from their birth family can be adopted, so instead they go into long-term foster care to live with a foster carer until they are adults. This provides much needed long term stability for the foster child.

Parent and Child fostering

This is a specialist type of fostering for which extra training is available. Foster carers undertaking this fostering role provide guidance and routine for a parent (usually a young mum) and their baby so they can look after their child safely in the community. Click here to read our Parent & Child case studies