This can last from an overnight stay to staying for several months. It is likely that the child will either return to their birth family or an extended family member. Sometimes this short term placement will provide a secure, safe place until a longer-term placement or adoption is arranged.
Often a child, for many reasons, may not be able to live with their birth family for a number of years, or at all. This type of placement will provide a safe, nurturing home for a child to grow and develop until they reach adulthood.
Sometimes a young parent needs special support and guidance to be able to cope with being a parent themselves. This type of placement is not only to support the parent but to also keep a baby/young child safe. Many young parents need hands-on support as their own childhood may have been traumatic.
These types of placements happen with very little notice, during both day and night. Carers are prepared to take a child for a few days until longer-term plans are made. Often, the child will be frightened, distressed and require lots of reassurance.
This type of placement offers a short break, from a few hours a week, to a couple of weekends a month. This gives birth families or full-time foster carers the break they may need to recharge their batteries.
These placements are provided with more support than regular foster care. It involves placing a child with foster carers who have extensive experience and training in caring for children with complex emotional and behavioural difficulties.
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