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

This 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. Find out more about long term fostering

Link care

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

Visit our pages for more information about Link Care fostering

To find out more about becoming a foster carer call Derbyshire on 0800 083 77 44 or fill in an enquiry form (opens in a new window).