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types of fostering

types of foster care

Foster homes are a place where young people can laugh, learn and be loved. Every child has their own unique needs, and every single foster family provides something different to meet those needs.

There are a variety of foster care options available to suit many different kinds of children in Bridgend. All our foster families do however have one thing in common: they all provide a secure, safe space to help children grow.

From an overnight stay or a weekend visit to longer-term placements, the type of foster care varies for every situation.

short-term foster care

Short-term foster care plays a vital role of settling and caring for the child while we find a more permanent solution.

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Short-term foster care can be anything from an hours’ break, a regular weekend stay or a home for a year. It means being consistent and caring for a child at an early stage in their fostering journey, helping them adjust to a new family and a new future.

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Although it’s a shorter stay, it doesn’t mean the impact is small. Often it means being involved in something much brighter for the child, helping them to feel safe and build memories.

long-term foster care

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Longer-term foster care is in place for children and young people who can’t live at home, offering them another home and family.

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A long-term foster care match always means working hard to place the right child with the right foster family, for as long as they’ll need. It’s the secure and loving environment they need for a longer period of time, providing stability with a foster family for life.

specialist kinds of foster care

Foster care is divided into either long-term or short-term care but within that, there are some more specialist types of care. Some even come with their own terms of approval. These can include:

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short breaks

Everyone needs their own space sometimes, and short breaks offer children a little space from their families.

Sometimes known as support care, short breaks can be anything from an overnight stay or a day at the weekend. They can be tailored to be a regular break or less frequent – sometimes even one-offs.

Short break foster care offers new experiences and opportunities to a child, giving them an extension of their own family and a different perspective.

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parent and child

With parent and child placements, you share your own parenting experience with someone who really needs that support. It’s all about helping parents build up the skills they need, both personally and for their child.

By having a parent and child placement, you’re helping to nurture the next generation so that they can do the same.

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therapeutic care

Children with more complex emotional or behavioural needs sometimes require a different kind of care, and that’s where therapeutic placements come in. Therapeutic carers and their children have an extra level of support available, so you’re never left unsupported.

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