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Foster care is an arrangement where a child or young person lives with a family other than their own. Foster families provide a safe and loving home for children who cannot live with their own families for a variety of reasons.
Fostering gives you the opportunity to make a real difference in the life of a child who needs foster care. You can help them to feel loved, safe and supported, and you can help them to reach their full potential.
At Fostering North East, we provide our carers with 24/7 support and comprehensive training to make sure you feel confident in your crucial role.
We offer different types of foster care opportunities to suit you and the young people in need of a foster home:
Long-term care: For children who require stable, long-term care. Our carers provide a compassionate, loving and supportive home until they reach the age of 18.
Short-term care: Sometimes children need temporary care while family circumstances are being resolved. Short-term fostering gives them a safe, nurturing and caring home where they can find comfort and stability before returning to their family, where possible.
Respite care: Fostering can be both rewarding and demanding, that’s why we provide our carers and young people with periods of respite care. Respite foster carers provide the same love, care and support as all of our other foster carers just for shorter periods of time. This can be regular weekends or a few weeks to give our other carers a well-deserved break.
Staying put: Young people may wish to remain with their foster carers after the age of 18 to help prepare them for independent living or continue in education and this is called Staying Put.