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Short-term fostering

Short-term fostering involves temporarily caring for a child until a permanent plan is made. This can be for a few days, or up to two years, but is often much shorter.

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Short-term foster carers step in when the children's parents are unable to care for their child on a temporary basis, perhaps due to a serious illness or an accident. 

Short-term foster carers look after these children until they can return to their family home, or go to live with another family member. If they can't go home for whatever reason, short-term foster carers will support them during their transition to a longer-term foster family, or to a forever family. 

The team at Foster East and the assessing social workers from your local council will work with you and your family to discover what type of fostering is best for you during the pre-approval and assessment process.

I had a son, but felt I could be a parent to more children. I was attracted to fostering because I wanted to be more involved than just being a childminder."

-Vicki* single parent


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