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Types of Foster Care

Our wonderful carers commit their lives to caring for the children and young people they welcome into their family. Whether they’re long term carers or offer respite care, a safe foster home has an amazing impact on the lives of children every day.

We work hard to provide family foster care of an unparalleled quality, teaming up with local authorities, partners in fostering and of course, our fantastic carers.

Are you thinking of becoming a foster carer? If so, great, there are plenty of options and possibilities open to you due to the many different types of fostering that are required.

Mainstream fostering

This is the most common type of fostering. Caring for children all of ages from 0-18 years old, these foster carers are very special indeed. Each placement under this type of fostering differs from siblings to teenagers, to babies. Some last for a few days and others a few months, it all depends on the needs of the child.

Read more about mainstream fostering.

Emergency foster care

Emergency fostering is pretty fast moving and requires quite a lot of flexibility.
These very special carers are willing to be contacted at very little notice, also during weekends and evenings, to take emergency placements.

Read more about emergency foster care.

Long-term fostering

Long-term foster care is one of the most impactful types of fostering. This period of care can last for a child’s entire childhood. This is a mutual commitment on both the carer and child’s part.

Read more about Long-term fostering.

Short term fostering

Short-term foster care is designed to provide children with a place to stay until a more permanent living situation can be arranged. This could mean children are homed within their family for a period of time, or placed with a foster family for anything from a night to a couple of weeks.

Read more about Short-term fostering.

Short break/Respite fostering

Short break or respite fostering is a life-changing addition to the lives of foster children and their families. This care supports carers and their families, giving them a much deserved break and chance to re-energize.

Read more about Short break/Respite fostering.

Remand fostering

Remand fostering offers young people who have ended up in the criminal justice system a foster placement while awaiting their court date. This can be a turbulent and stressful time for any young person so this type of fostering supports them in a positive way.

Read more about Remand fostering.

Parent & child fostering

Pathway Care always try to keep families together if possible. Our Parenting service is one such example. This type of fostering involves the carer providing a home for both the child and one, or both, of its parents. Usually this will mean fostering teenage mothers with babies, but occasionally even adult parents will need a welcoming and friendly temporary home.

Read more about parent & child fostering.

Staying Put (for 18 -25 year olds)

The Staying Put scheme is designed to support young people through their independence and beyond. This type of care enables young people aged 18-25 to take continued advantage of a loving, nurturing environment in which they are already comfortable and secure.

Read more about the Stay Put Scheme.

Fostering disabled children

Disability fostering is a highly specialised and rewarding form of care. This offers disabled foster children and young people a loving home that meets their specific care needs and ensures they fulfill their potential. Pathway Care support all specialist foster carers with outstanding support staff and generous allowances.

Read more about disability fostering services.

Step Down

Step down, or transitional foster care, is all about helping children and young people move on from residential to foster care. By bringing together both high quality foster care and clinical psychology, this service supports and nurtures these children and prepares them for life on foster care.

Read more about Step down, or transitional foster care.

Fostering Teenagers

A significant number of foster children need the security of a loving home during their teenage years. Coming from a range of backgrounds and family situations, these young people need to be guided and supported through this turbulent time in their lives.

Like many teenagers, foster teenagers sometimes exhibit behavioural problems, so this type of care can be challenging as well as very rewarding.

Read more about fostering teenagers.

Fostering Siblings

Fostering siblings is a unique type of foster care. A source of great comfort to the foster children themselves, this type of fostering lets siblings stay together and be cared for collectively. Pathway Care respects the bonds between siblings, and does everything possible to keep brothers and sisters under the same roof.

Read more about fostering siblings.

Kinship Care

If a situation arises where a child needs be removed from the care of its parents, the members of its remaining family are often called upon to provide kinship foster care for the child, also known as family foster care.

In this instance these family members, following legal care proceedings, become approved foster carers. This can be a rewarding but often unexpected role for the family to adopt.

Our team support you through your process of becoming a foster carer to help both you and your new addition settle into family life.

Kinship carers are also eligible for several financial rewards and allowances in their new role.

Your supervising social worker will guide your through the process and help you claim the allowances applicable to you.