The different types of fostering

Short Breaks fostering

Adoption and fostering
Adoption and fostering

Short breaks foster care is a fostering placement for a short, limited time only. A short breaks foster carer cares for a child or children for a maximum of a week or two at a time, for example during school holidays, or at weekends- this is often the same child or children at regular intervals. Foster carers who offer short break fostering generally look after children who are already cared for on a full time basis by other foster carers or at times their birth parents.

Short break fostering is required in a number of different circumstances. For example, a ‘full time’ foster carer may have urgent family commitments or a particular situation which mean they are unable to care for the child or children as they normally would. 

Children who require short breaks fostering most often have a disability, additional needs or a particularly challenging behavioural issue which means the parents or carers are under considerable pressure and would benefit from a break.

Short break fostering involves working closely with the full time carer or parent who is usually legally responsible for the child.

Children are aware that the short break placement will only be for a short time period and that they will be returning to their usual home afterwards and often see their respite placements as an mini holiday or adventure! Short break placements play a really crucial role in supporting children and their families and are a great opportunity to have the dedicated time and energy to involve the child or children in different experiences and opportunities which they may not have access to in their everyday home.

Crucially, short break care also helps the long term stability of their normal placement or home by providing a ‘recharge’ moment for the family.

Short break fostering is extremely important to the well-being of many families and can make a real difference to children’s lives. Short break carers often care for the same child on a regular basis, so although not 'full time fostering' it can be a long term commitment and matching children with the right fostering family is very important.

Coventry urgently needs more foster carers, including short break carers and would welcome the opportunity to answers any questions you may have- there are information sessions happening across the city (details on this website) or call the team on 024 7683 2828.

Foster carers require skills and qualities such as:

  • Assertiveness
  • Discretion
  • Confidence
  • Sensitivity
  • 24-hour commitment (when a child is in placement)

Together we can give children a childhood. It’s time to make a difference.

Fostering Service (recruitment)

Open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays)

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 024 7683 2828


P.O. Box 15
Council House
Fostering brochure

If you'd like a printed copy of our brochure, please call 024 7683 2828.

Download our Fostering pack

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