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Short breaks fostering

A short break foster carer provides short-term care for children.

Short breaks fostering

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This type of fostering gives time off to foster families and birth families who are in need of extra support because of high levels of stress.

Respite fostering is an invaluable chance for a family to have a much-needed opportunity to rest.

It’s also ideal for families with a child who has a disability or additional needs; it gives them time away from the demands involved in caring for a child who has high level care needs.

Children from families who need respite foster care are linked to a foster carer – a familiar face who can provide regular periods of respite. This means the child won’t feel traumatised by the change and can build a trusted relationship with the respite carer.

You’ll be providing an invaluable service to foster or birth families who need a break in order to continue caring for a young person. It is a highly specialised and rewarding role.

More often than not, the child will have a special health or disability requirement – you’ll be offering them a home-away-from-home where they can thrive. This type of care can take place during the week or at weekends.

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We're happy to talk to you whether you're an existing foster carer or you wish to become one.

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