Consistently Outstanding since 2013

Long term fostering

Long term fostering, or permanence fostering as it is called in Scotland, involves looking after a child or young person on a permanent basis until they are ready to live independently.

Foster parents providing long term care may look after a child until the age of 18, but it can be longer if the young person is still in further education.

Long term fostering is often required when there isn’t a possibility of a child returning to live with their birth family and when adoption has been ruled out. This could be because of a child’s age, or because they or their family don’t wish adoption to be considered.

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The rewards of long term fostering

Many of our children come to us on a short term basis, however many children move into a long term fostering placement because they have settled well with their fostering family and thriving in their family environment.

Long term fostering is really rewarding for our foster families, as you get to see the adults the young people become and many of our foster families are a part of that young person’s adult life, including becoming grandparents!

Looking after a young person long-term is a huge commitment and it isn’t for everyone, but it could be for you – and the rewards of seeing a young person grow and develop are immeasurable.

Long term fostering could be right for you, especially if you worry about the sense of loss you may experience if a child you have bonded with moves on.

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Every foster child is an individual, that’s why we offer various kinds of fostering placements.

The types of fostering you offer will depend on your personal preferences and circumstances, but many of our foster parents are approved to offer more than one type of placement.

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Take your first step to becoming a foster parent today

If you’re interested in becoming a foster parent and would like to learn more, then we’d love to hear from you.

Simply fill in the form below and one of our friendly team will be in touch.

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Frequently asked questions

Does a foster parent get paid for fostering?

Yes, go to our financial calculator to gain an idea about how much you could receive.

Who can apply to become a foster parent?

Fostering is available to anyone over the age of 21 as along as you meet the criteria.

Will I receive any specialist training?

Yes, we believe fostering is a journey – and the more you know, the more you’ll get out of it. That’s why we provide ongoing training opportunities for both our foster carers and our staff. Before you’re approved as a carer, you’ll attend a preparation course designed to get you and your family ready to foster. And once approved, you’ll take part in our comprehensive training programme.

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Call us on 0800 077 8159

Fostering People Limited, Suite D, The Point, Welbeck Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7QW