ways to foster

types of fostering

types of foster care

At its heart, foster care means providing a home. A place to live, feel safe, have fun and grow. There are different kinds of foster care but each one has this in common.

Fostering can mean anything from overnight stay, to a more permanent match. Every child is different, and that’s why there are so many ways to foster – we provide exactly what’s needed.

short-term foster care

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Short-term is a bit of an umbrella term – it can mean looking after a child for an hour, a day, a month or maybe a year.

Short-term foster carers offer stability for as long as they are needed, until we can secure the ‘long-term’ – which is sometimes called ‘permanence’. It means you’re not only there to offer support, but to help children take the next step in their life. A better place than they were before you. This could be returning to their family, living with a new foster family, or being adopted.

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A short stay doesn’t mean a small role. You play a big part in a child’s journey, because often you’re the first positive step towards a bright and brilliant future.

long-term foster care

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Long-term foster carers offer permanence and stability. A new and supportive family for children who can’t live at home.

Three siblings throwing a ball to each other

A lot of thought and care goes towards matching children with long-term foster homes. It’s about bringing together the right foster child with the right carer, for as long as they need you. It’s also about offering security. A home, and an adult, they can count on.

specialist kinds of foster care

Short-term and long-term cover all kinds of foster care, including more specialist types, some which have a specific type of approval. These could include…

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short breaks

Short-term and long-term cover all kinds of foster care, including more specialist
types, some which have a specific type of approval. These could include…

A little break can make a big difference, when children take a little time away from their family. It could be for a day, overnight or on weekends. It’s about having a little breather, safely.

Short breaks are planned in advance and can be regular occurrences, too. As a short break foster carer you can offer valuable and enjoyable new experiences. You come together with the child’s family, and with us, to make a difference – becoming an extension of the family and working with them to do the best for the child.

A brother and sister playing Uno together

parent and child

Sometimes, parents aren’t quite ready to go it alone. With these placements, you care for both parent and child – sharing valuable experience with someone who really needs that support. You build up the skills they need, both for themselves and for their child. It’s about nurturing the next generation, so that they can do the same.

A young girl playing Uno with her sibling

therapeutic care

Some children require a different kind of care, and that’s where therapeutic foster carers come in. This kind of foster care helps children with more complex emotional or behavioural needs get exactly the support they need. In return, we offer an extra level and guidance and support for their foster families.

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young refugees

Young refugees arrive in the UK alone or separated from their family during the journey – looking for safety and a fresh start. More than 100 of these young refugees arrive in Wales every year.

We are proud to live in an inclusive and diverse country that cares for all children and young people in Wales. We need families in Merthyr who can offer young refugees support, stability, and guidance while they rediscover their independence in a new country.

If you can support them, we can support you.

Whatever your background and home situation, if you have something to offer a young refugee or would like further information, talk to us here.

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