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Types of foster care


There are a wide range of children who need to be looked after for varying amounts of time. You can care for all ages of children ranging from babies to teenagers. During your assessment you will discuss your suitability towards one of more of these types of placements.

Same day

Foster carers who provide time limited placements at short notice on the same day.


Respite foster carers care for children for short periods, usually on a regular basis to give birth parents or their full time foster carers a break. The length of break can vary from one weekend a month to a two or three week period.

During the assessment process we encourage all of our potential foster carers to consider their own support networks (family and friends) and identify a suitable back-up person(s) who will be subject to checks and risk assessment, that could offer sitting services, overnight stays and limited respite to their foster child.

Short term

New Routes' foster carers look after children full time in their home, but the length of stay can vary depending on the child’s family circumstances. During this time, Trust staff will work with the family to try to return the child or young person home.

Permanency via long term Fostering

New Routes' foster carers can provide longer term care for children or young people who are unable to return to their parents. Children will continue to see their parents and family members as defined in their care plan.

These placements allow children who can’t or don’t wish to be adopted, to live in a stable, caring family environment until they become adults. Unlike with adoption, the children remain the legal responsibility of the local authority, and fostering allowances continue to be supplied to the Foster Carer.

Young people in foster carer who turn 18 years are legally allowed to remain with their former foster carers until they are at least 21 years of age (25 years in some circumstances). Both parties must agree to this. This new private arrangement is known as ‘Staying Put’.

Sibling placements

These can be placements of two or more including full-and half-siblings. Children will be required to have their own bedroom. Sharing a bedroom with a same-sex sibling can be considered with agreement from the Local Authority.

Parent and child

These may be pre-birth placements, to help the mother prepare for the arrival of her baby. Or they may be a parent who needs some help to learn basic care skills and how to provide a safe, nurturing environment for their child.

Unaccompanied children seeking asylum

Some children have come to the UK seeking asylum and have little or no English skills and require a family to support them to acclimatise to a new culture, language and way of life as well as helping them through the trauma they have suffered before coming to the UK.