There are currently over 80,000 children currently requiring care in the UK. With thousands of children coming into foster care every day, there is a huge demand for more fostering households.
Children that need a foster home will come from a range of backgrounds and many will have faced uncertainty in early life.
There are many reasons that a child may need to be fostered. Some children will need temporary care due to their parents experiencing instabilities such as depression, drugs or financial issues. Other children require longer-term foster care because of serious neglect and abuse. Parents of children with a disability may need extra help to care for them.
There are different types of foster care placements, these are categorised by the Local Authority depending on the circumstances of each child or young person coming into care.
A foster care placement may be short-term or long-term, parent and child or an emergency or respite placement, or it may be a child or young person requiring significant support due to medical complexities. The placement duration will depend on the type of placement, it may be for one night to months or years, or until the child is an adult. Fostering agencies will work with foster carers to choose which type of fostering placement is best for them.