Fostering is providing temporary care to child/children who cannot be with their family for any number of reasons. In some cases the parents can’t care for their children for a short amount of time so they place with a non-family member to care for them until they are able to care for the child on their own.
There are many different types of fostering, the first type is emergency foster care, this is where a child needs somewhere to stay for usually just a few nights and then they can go back to where they originally were. In some cases though, an emergency placement can turn into a long-term placement, it just depends on the situation.
Short term fostering is when you foster a child for a short time, such as a few months, while other plans and preparations for the child’s future. Short term can also be just while the child waits for adoption by a family.
Short-breaks fostering is for children with disabilities, special needs and behavior issues. This is a planned fostering that would allow the child to stay with another family so their current family can get a break, hence being called short-break.
Remand fostering, in this case young children are court ordered to stay in a specially trained home, it is for their own safety. This happens when a child is involved in a court case.
Long term and permanent fostering is for children who don’t want get adopted, so they stay in foster care. This is mainly for older kids who only have a few years until they turn 18 and is out on their own. In some cases though it is more than just a few years until they are of legal age, they still choose to not be adopted though, that is up to them.
Connected persons, kinship fostering is another type of fostering. This type of fostering is when the foster family is already familiar with the child or children because they are family or friends. This is the preferred type of fostering because it is much more beneficial for the child or children.
Private fostering is another type of fostering; this is when a parent places a child with someone who is not related to the child in any way. Regardless the type of fostering, being a foster carer is a very important role in any foster child’s life. When a child is in foster care it means that the parents or local authority has custody of the child.
With all the different types of fostering it can become confusing, it is important as a foster carer that you know exactly what type you are getting into, it can change per case, as no two cases are usually the same. It is best to go into any given situation with as much as knowledge and intellect as possible.
In order to start fostering you would need to go through all the proper assessments, there is not a lot that would disqualify you from being a foster carer besides the obvious, if you are a criminal. Being gay, single, or divorced will not disqualify you either.