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Types of foster care

Foster BearThere are several different types of foster care available in Carmarthenshire to suit your individual needs. This ranges from short term foster placements lasting a few nights or weeks to a more long term or permanent basis.

We are looking for foster carers for babies, young children, siblings, teenagers, parents with babies, children with additional complex needs and disabilities as well as carers to offer short break respite care for children with disabilities.

Types of fostering placements available include:

This can last from an overnight stay to as long as two years. There may be an illness or other problems in the child’s family, or a child may have been harmed in some way. Your goal is to get the child back to her /his own family care, as soon as possible, or once it is decided they cannot return to their birth family, to help them move on to a permanent substitute family.

Sometimes children will not be able to return to live with their own families. A parent’s health may have become worse or perhaps a child’s family has been unable to change in a way that will protect the child from harm. In these situations long term or permanent fostering will allow a child to grow up in a safe and supported family environment while retaining the important connection with their birth family.

Some parents may need foster carers who can support them in the short term and help them care for their babies. They need carers who can teach and encourage them without taking over their responsibilities as a parent.

This aims to relieve pressure on families who have difficulty caring for their children. By planning ahead and giving their children regular respite breaks with the same foster carer, the families are more able to care for their own children long term. Some respite breaks are just for the day, while others include overnight stays, some occur weekly, others monthly and some just in the school holidays. This form of foster care can suit people who are not in a position to offer full- time, but want to make a regular commitment.

Short Break Care is providing respite care in your own home for children and young people with disabilities and additional needs, and those who have more challenging behaviours or medical and/or physical needs. Short Break Care aims to relieve the pressure on families by offering the child/young person with a disability new experiences and opportunities to make new friends and form new relationships. It helps to increase a child/young person’s self-esteem and independence.

Short Break Care is offered to a range of children and young people with learning disabilities 0-18 years for a minimum of four overnights per month. This may be just one overnight at a time or two consecutive nights at a time.

Page updated on: 24/04/2017

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