carer

Call me back

Don't have time to chat now? Give us your contact details and we will get you back when it's suitable for you.




X

Respite Fostering

Respite foster care is a fostering placement for a limited time only. A respite foster carer cares for a child for a week or two at a time, for example during school holidays, or at weekends- this is often the same child at regular intervals. Foster carers who offer respite fostering generally look after children who are already cared for on a full time basis by other foster carers or sometimes their birth parents. This respite period can benefit both the foster carer and the child by giving some ‘respite’ or a short break from usual the duties of care.

Why is respite fostering needed?

Respite fostering is required in a number of different circumstances. For example, a full time foster carer may need a holiday or they may have urgent family commitments meaning they need to travel overseas. Sometimes if a fostering placement is particularly challenging a fostering provider may arrange for them to have a short break from the placement. This can also sometimes be the case with birth families, where a child has a disability or a particularly challenging behavioural issue which means the parents are under considerable pressure and would benefit from a break.

What is involved in respite fostering?

Respite fostering involves working closely with the full time carer who is usually responsible for the child. It’s also important to reassure a child that the respite placement will only be for a short time period and that they will be able to return to their usual home afterwards. This can often be a stressful period for a foster child who may already be feeling the effects of previously disruptive changes.

What are the benefits of respite fostering?

Respite fostering is extremely important to the well-being of many foster families. This is because this type of fostering can:

• Provide vital support to parents or long term foster carers
• Allow carers to enrich the lives of children or young people on a short term basis
• Have a huge impact on a child and a foster parent’s quality of life, giving the respite foster carer the chance to make a real difference in the lives of both parties.

If you’d like to know more about respite fostering, why not request a call back from our website? Or you can find out other ways to contact us here.

Call Us
0845 222 0518

Call Back Request




Our Blogs

  • Terrorism and the emotional protection of children

    Over the years I’ve often had to turn off the BBC news in the morning when I’m ironing Read More

    READ MORE

  • 3 Girls, child sexual exploitation, young people and stigma

    I’ve now watched all 3 episodes of the BBC 1 documentary 3 girls. I think ‘emotional journey’ sums Read More

    READ MORE

  • Mother’s Day 2017

    Another year passes and another Mother’s Day sneaks upon me in which I have to ponder who’s going Read More

    READ MORE