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Short-term fostering is when a child or young person lives with a foster family on a temporary basis.
Short-term fostering is when a child or young person temporarily lives with a foster carer. At the same time, longer-term preparations are being reviewed for their fostering placement or when the time is right for them to return to the care of their birth family. Even though a child may only stay with you for a short while, foster care can have a positive effect that lasts a lifetime.
Short-term fostering provides the child or young person with the proper level of support until they return to their birth family. Sometimes, this isn’t always possible, and a foster child may transition into a different kind of fostering, such as permanence fostering.
Short-term fostering gives children and young people a secure, caring home environment while decisions about their future are being reviewed.
You can specify an age range preference for the foster children you care for. You will have your reasons for making such preferences, and we can advise you further based on our experience.
More than 12,000 children in care are living without at least one of their siblings. Going into foster care can be traumatic for a child, and being separated from their siblings can worsen this. That is why Nexus Fostering will always try and find foster homes for siblings where they can stay together, as long as this is in each of their best interests.
Parent and Child fostering is about keeping young families together, where a parent and child stay with you when they need extra support. In most cases, the child is very young.
Permanence is long-term planning for a child or young person’s upbringing. The aim is to offer children a secure, stable, and loving home to last through childhood and beyond, providing a sense of security, continuity, commitment, identity, and belonging.