Even if you have limited room and time, you can still become involved in foster care.
Short-term and long-term placements aren’t the only options, as we are also keen to find more respite and Connect Carers, who can offer part-time care for children and young people.
Short-term placements take place for a number of reasons, and can last from a few days to several months. It could be for a short period while a family issue is resolved, or for a longer time through court proceedings. Looking after a child for a short period can be working towards a return to their home or if this is not possible, helping them move to a permanent placement or to adoption.
When a child’s needs would be best met in a foster placement, a long-term/permanent agreement is put into place and the foster carer commits to looking after a child through to adulthood.
Children and young people may stay in touch with their birth family but the foster carer will take full responsibility for their upbringing.
Respite care usually takes place at weekends or holiday times and involves caring for children on a regular, part-time basis. The children and young people will either live with their birth family or other foster carers.
Parent and child placements
A small number of carers offer placements to young people during pregnancy and after the birth of the baby. The carers offer help and advice with parenting skills and assess a young parent’s ability to care safely for the child.
Connect Care is one of a range of short-break services available to families caring for a disabled child in the Wakefield District. It links children to a carer who is able to provide them with an enjoyable break in a safe, family-based environment. These breaks can last anything from a few hours to a few days. Connect Carers offer vital support to full-time carers and the breaks provide children with new experiences, and allow families to take a well-earned rest from their responsibilities.
Interested? Call us now on 0800 197 0320