Types of Fostering

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Types of Fostering

What types of fostering are there?

Being a foster carer doesn’t have to mean looking after a child seven days a week. There are lots of different ways of fostering. Take a moment to consider which type of fostering could be right for you:

  • Short Term Fostering - Offer short term care to a child or young person, until they are able to return home.
  • Long Term Fostering - Offer a permanent home to a child or young person until they reach independence.
  • Fostering Brothers and Sisters - If you have the space, look after brothers and sisters and help keep a family group together.
  • Fostering Teenagers - Our scheme provides care for young people who may have challenging behaviour.
  • Parent and Baby Fostering - To provide short term care, support and guidance for a parent and their baby.
  • Fostering Children with Disabilities - To provide care for a child or young person with a disability.
  • Remand Fostering – Foster carers work with young people who are involved in the youth justice system.
  • Emergency Fostering - Look after a child or a young person for a short time in an emergency.

What you can offer may depend on your work and family commitments. We encourage applications from families living in Neath, Port Talbot and Pontardawe.

Private Fostering

Private fostering is an arrangement made for a child 16 or under, or under 18 if a child is disabled, to be cared for by someone other than a close relative. It describes arrangements for child care made privately between the child's parents and a carer of their choice.

You must inform Children’s and Young People’s Services:

  • As soon as possible after making an arrangement for your child to live with a private foster carer,
  • Within 48 hours, if the arrangement is made in an emergency,
  • When the arrangement ends. 

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