Long Term Foster Care
Family Fostering Partners know that all children and young people deserve a secure and stable family home and long term fostering provide a child with exactly that. Even though a child may not be able to live with their parents, they may not want to be adopted or it may not be possible to do so. In these cases, long-term fostering is the answer.
Long term fostering means that a child or young person lives with a committed foster carer until they reach adulthood. Being brought up by one carer, often over several years, gives young people in foster care more consistency, and a greater sense of belonging within a family. It also helps them to settle within a local community and develop positive relationships.
The permanent one-to-one support that a long-term foster carer can provide is exactly what young people need to thrive.
What is the difference between fostering and adoption?
Although long term fostering can seem very similar to adoption there are some important differences.
- Unlike adoption, a child in care with you on a long-term foster placement will remain the legal responsibility of the local authority. With adoption, those legal responsibilities are transferred to their adoptive parents.
- When adopting a child, you do not usually receive an allowance, but with long term fostering, you continue to receive a fostering allowance throughout the placement.
Could you be a long-term foster carer?
Providing a child or young person a permanent home is a big decision, but the rewards are huge, and we will be there to help you every step of the way.
If you think that long term fostering could be for you, please get I touch with us to find out more.