Types of fostering

Fostering happens when a child goes to live with a foster carer because they cannot live with their own family. Whatever the reasons for this it’s a difficult time for them, so they need a stable home and plenty of support, care and understanding.

It could be for just a few days, a few months, or even longer. That’s why there are different types of fostering to match the different needs of children with the different things that carers can offer.

Short term fostering

Working towards a goal within a set time period. You could be preparing a child to:

  1. return to their own family,
  2. to an adoptive family
  3. to long term foster carers
  4. or helping older children to get ready for living independently.

Find out more about short term fostering

You could be a Short Term Carer with Cheshire West and Chester Council

What’s short-term foster caring?

It’s when you foster a child until they can return home or they move to a more permanent placement. The child will be between 0–18 years old, and you could foster them for a few days, a few weeks or months.

It’s a brilliant way to support the child and their family to take a break, but ultimately to stay together. You can also foster children with disabilities to give them a break – which you can do on the odd weekend.

Can I be a short-term foster carer?

Yes! There’s no ‘typical’ foster carer and all sorts of people make great foster carers. You can be from any ethnic or religious background because children of all ages and backgrounds need your help.

  • You don’t need to have to have a big house.
  • You don’t have to be a parent.
  • There are no age barriers.
  • You may be married, single, in a civil partnership or living in a settled relationship.
  • You can be working or not working.

As long as you’re committed to helping a child to realise their potential, you could be what we are looking for and we would love to hear from you.

Information Requests

For more information about Short Term fostering with us just fill in our enquiry form.

Long term fostering

You care for children who cannot return to their families and for whom adoption isn’t appropriate.

Find out more about long term fostering

You could be a Long Term carer with Cheshire West and Chester Council

What is long-term fostering?

It’s when you foster a child on a long term basis. The child will be between 0–18 years of age, and you could foster them for a few years, or usually until they become independent.

It’s a brilliant way to really make an impact on a local child and help them to grow up and reach their potential. A happy and stable home means a child has the basics they need to reach their potential and contribute to their community.

Can I be a long-term foster carer?

Yes! There’s no ‘typical’ foster carer all sorts of people make great foster carers.

  • You don’t need to have to have a big house
  • You don’t have to be a parent
  • There are no age barriers
  • You may be married, single, in a civil partnership or living in a settled relationship
  • You can be working or not working

As long as you’re committed to helping a child to realise their potential, you could be what we are looking for and we would love to hear from you.

Information Requests

For more information about Long Term fostering with us just fill in our enquiry form.

Short breaks for a disabled child (Family Link fostering)

Supports children who have a disability and their families. You look after a child for a short break, maybe overnight or for a weekend or in the school holidays.

Find out more about short breaks fostering

You could be a Short-break foster carer for children with disabilities with Cheshire West and Chester Council

What’s Short Break foster care?

Offering care for a disabled child between 0-18years old for just one or two weekends a month.

The child could have a physical disability, a learning disability or a developmental disorder. As with all children, they will have different abilities, likes and dislikes and they still have the same basic needs for care and fun.

Some may need help with basic day to day tasks, or communicating, but all will benefit from having different experiences, making friends and becoming more independent.

Could I be a Short Break foster carer for children with disabilities?

Yes! There’s no ‘typical’ foster carer and children of all ages and backgrounds need your help. Family Link Carers come from all walks of life, all religions, background and cultures.

  • You don’t need to have to have a big house.
  • You don’t have to be a parent.
  • There are no age barriers.
  • You may be married, single, in a civil partnership, living in a settled relationship.
  • You can be working or not working.

As long as you’re committed to helping a child to realise their potential, you could be what we are looking for and we would love to hear from you!

Information Requests

For more information about Short Term fostering with us just fill in our enquiry form.

Carer to Carer Respite

Carers provide a respite placement for other foster carers.

Find out more about carer to carer foster care

You could be a Carer to Carer Respite foster carer with Cheshire West and Chester Council

What’s Carer to Carer Respite foster caring?

It’s when you foster a child who is placed with another foster carer for short periods of time – a couple of days, a weekend or for when their main carer is on holiday.  The child will be between 0–18 years old.  It’s a brilliant way to support the child and their foster family to take a break.

Can I be a Carer to Carer Respite foster carer?

Yes! There’s no ‘typical’ foster carer and all sorts of people make great foster carers. You can be from any ethnic or religious background because children of all ages and backgrounds need your help.

  • You don’t need to have to have a big house.
  • You don’t have to be a parent.
  • There are no age barriers.
  • You may be married, single, in a civil partnership or living in a settled relationship.
  • You can be working or not working.

As long as you’re committed to helping a child to realise their potential, you could be what we are looking for and we would love to hear from you.

Information Requests

For more information about Carer to Carer fostering with us just fill in our enquiry form.