A key benefit of a long-term placement is that the child will feel a sense of security and stability. Long term fostering offers a safe and stable environment where children can develop positive relationships with their foster family, at school and within a variety of different social settings.
With a settled, long-term home, foster children will benefit from a regular school routine without having their education disrupted. A stable home and school balance can ensure positive educational outcomes and also the chance for the child or young person to make lasting friendships in the local area which is key to their own social development.
Foster carers also benefit from a longer placement period as they can develop long-lasting and meaningful relationships with the child or young person, seeing them through their education and, potentially, into adulthood.
As well as a deeper personal connection, foster carers are also consistently financially supported throughout the placement with their allowance.