These placements are usually planned periods of care, although we recognise that family circumstances can be subject to change! We can support carers to look after children in emergency situations as well as working with plans to re-unify them with their families or work towards permanency.
When children cannot return home and when adoption is not the right option, we can support families who want to make a long-term commitment to children until adulthood and beyond. We also have experience in supporting foster carers to prepare children for adoption.
Family and friends foster carers (Kinship)
Where a family of friend comes forward to offer care to a child in a fostering family, we can offer to provide an assessment alongside a fostering placement if local authority resources are not easily available which has the potential advantage of saving time delay and its associated emotional impact on the child concerned.
Parent and Child Placements
We can offer both supportive and assessment based placements for young parents and their children, which provide a real opportunity for positive parental role-modelling to take effect in a normalised setting.
“Staying Put” Fostering
We recognise that some young people need the continuing support of a family environment beyond the point where they reach legal adulthood and we will work with placing authorities to provide this continuum of care within our fostering families.
Short Break Care
Short Break Care is the term used for the type of support that foster carers can give to children with disabilities and their families. Sometimes, the additional needs that children have can put huge pressure on their own families, but with a regular break or some support, it helps families to maintain their energy levels and continue to be able to care for their own children at home. Short break care can take the form of an occasional weekend stay with a family on a monthly or other regular basis, or sometimes it may just be an overnight stay. We have offered daytime stays and activities to children with disabilities too, so they don’t suffer the disruption of staying away from home but do get the opportunity to do something fun and for their families to get a small break.
With Short Break care, it is important to remember that it is slightly different from other fostering, because the child is not “looked after” by the local authority. Our foster carers work closely with children’s families in these circumstances and the families retain complete parental responsibility and decision making about their children.
EFS has a flexible approach to its’ provision and will work with authorities to achieve the best outcomes through whatever intervention is deemed most appropriate in order to meet childrens’ needs.