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Types of Fostering

Every child’s circumstances are different. Some only remain in foster care for a few weeks while others remain for many years, often into adulthood and beyond.

Not sure which type of foster parenting is best for you? Don’t worry: we’re here to help. At Match Foster Care Agency, we can discuss all your options and how they fit into your life before you take the plunge.

Before you register to be a foster parent, it is natural to have doubts. Every person has strengths and weaknesses. However, the goal of our foster care agency is to identify the areas where you feel most comfortable so that you can make the best decision possible, both for you and the child.

Types of Fostering
Types of Fostering

Short-term fostering typically refers to foster placements less than two years in length. Here children stay with you while others finalise their legal care proceedings, which can take a few months to complete. As a rule, short-term foster care is more common among young children.

Therefore, with short-term fostering, you may not know how long they will stay with you once they arrive.

Long-term fostering, sometimes known as permanent fostering, means that it is agreed that a child or young person will remain living with your family through to adulthood.  The child is still part of the care system, which means that there will still be regular meetings and you will continue to have the support of a team around you.  For many children living in foster care, a long-term  arrangement gives them the reassurance and security that they need, helping them to feel a full member of your family.  

Respite fostering is where you provide care for children always with other foster carers. This is usually for a weekend or for a couple of weeks while the child’s usual foster parents have a break.

Choose the right foster care type for you

At Match, we don’t count the number of children we care for. For us as a family-owned agency, the priority is to ensure that young people get the stability they deserve. As part of this, we never use independent assessors to write assessment reports. We feel that it is more important that you develop a relationship with the Match Foster Care Team. That way, fostering is more personalised.

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Frequently Asked Questions

There are three main categories of foster care in the UK: long-term, short-term, and emergency or respite. Short-term fostering is under two years, and emergency or respite foster care can be for as little as one night.  Most of the children at Match Foster Care are placed on a long-term basis. 

Sometimes, but not always. In many cases, children remain in foster care until they reach adulthood.

Some foster carers pursue full-time jobs while also looking after children. We will consider availability carefully as part of the assessment process.

Foster parents have more limited rights over the children they look after than adopters. Adoption gives parents the same rights over their children as biological parents.