Types of fostering

Offering different types of fostering helps us to match your specific skills and circumstances with the needs of individual children. This might include the time you have available, how well you communicate with different ages (from toddlers to teens) and whether you’d prefer to offer short-term care or make a longer-term commitment.

It’s not something you need to decide on when you enquire, but if you make an official application, we can explore these options together.

Click on the links below to read more about the different types of Fostering with North Somerset Council.

Mainstream Fostering

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Short-term

Are you flexible enough to offer stability, love and commitment in the short-term?

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Long-term

Can you offer long-term commitment and help a young person reach their potential.

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Respite

Respite fostering is a good option for those who can’t commit to fostering full-time.

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Specialist

Find out more about caring for children or young people with additional and/or complex needs.

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Other schemes

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Private

When a child is cared for by someone who is not their parent or ‘close relative’.

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(Short Break care)

Family Link

Offering regular breaks to support families who have a child with a disability.

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Supported

Lodgings

Supply a room in your home to young people who’ve been in foster care.

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For more information please contact us.

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