Sometimes foster families may look after a child or a young person on an emergency basis. This means that a child or young person may be placed with a foster family very quickly as they have had to leave their birth family in a rush.
Some foster families care for children for a few weeks or a few months. This is called short term fostering and is normally used to give the child’s family a chance to sort themselves out.
Some children and young people may live in foster care for longer. This means that they will stay with the chosen foster family for a long time because they can’t go home for different reasons and living in a foster family is best for them.
Respite Care / Short Breaks
Sometimes children and young people, especially disabled children who need a lot of special care, have short breaks away from their home. These children and young people stay with a foster family for a few hours or a few days every so often and then go back home.