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Mainstream fostering

Foster carers are approved according to certain categories, depending on the type of care they offer and to reflect their skills and experience identified through the assessment profile.


This approval may change during your fostering career, as you develop in your role or as your family circumstances change.

All carers will be given an approval category to reflect the tasks they are competent to undertake.

The categories are:

Short term (task focused) foster care

This is where children and young people are likely to return home to their birth family and a short period of care (up to three months) is needed. For example:

  • to provide family members with respite during short periods of family crisis
  • to provide a bridge to adoption and other placements
  • to provide a bridge to independence
  • to provide breaks for other carers

Intermediate (task focused) foster care

This is where children and young people are likely to return home to their birth family or some other form of permanent family but progress to achieve this will take some time. For example:

  • to provide a bridge to adoption or other placements
  • to provide a bridge to independence
  • while parent and baby assessments are carried out

Long term fostering

Long term fostering is for children who cannot return to their birth family. They may need a foster family for a considerable period of time, sometimes permanently, but adoption or other legal solutions are not considered appropriated or achievable.

Link care

Link Care fostering is where children and young people with disabilities are looked after for planned, short periods of time, as a support to a birth parent.


To find out more about becoming a foster carer call Derbyshire tel: 0800 083 77 44 or fill in an enquiry form.