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Types of foster carer

Foster carers come in all shapes and sizes, and so do the children you will look after. This includes the length of time they may stay with you. Depending on the child's needs, foster carers can step in from just a weekend a month to offer respite care.

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Each child that comes into care is different and has their own circumstances. Children could be on their own, or part of a family group of brothers and sisters. If we can find a foster home with enough space for siblings to be kept together, it makes things just that little bit easier for children at an already difficult time. 

You'll work out which type of foster care you and your family are best suited to as you go through the assessment process with your council's specialist social workers.