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The different types of fostering

Adoption and fostering

Children and young people are in care for a wide variety of reasons. They are looked after by foster carers who have the skills and experiences to support them. The type of fostering you could provide depends on you, your lifestyle and the needs of your own family. 

Most people start their fostering career as a short term foster carer. In Coventry we are recruiting for the following types of fostering:

  • time-limited (or short term) fostering. This can mean anything from an overnight stay to a period of several months or years. Short-term foster carers provide a temporary place to stay until the child can return home to their own family or a longer-term arrangement can be made. About time limited fostering.
  • long term fostering. Sometimes children will not be able to go back to live with their own families for a number of years, if at all. Long-term fostering allows children and young people to stay in a family where they can feel secure, whilst maintaining contact with their birth family. About long term fostering.
  • fostering unaccompanied teenagers. These young people, who have travelled alone to the UK, need support and advice to help them come to terms with their previous experiences and to adjust to life in the UK. Foster carers are approved for general- short term fostering but will receive additional support or training to meet the needs of these young people  About fostering unaccompanied teenagers.
  • specialist fostering. This scheme supports children with complex emotional and behavioural problems and provides skilled foster care in a family home setting. It is a career opportunity for people who want to work from home as part of a team with social workers, health and education professionals

Give the Recruitment Team a call and talk through your options. 

Fostering Service

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


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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