Which type of fostering is right for me?

Children and young people need fostering for a variety of reasons.

As one of our foster carers you would be paid and would receive a quality support and training package to help build your skills and knowledge to develop your foster carer role.

Fostering options

You may be interested in exploring the following options to discover the type of foster carer you could be:

Short-term fostering

All children usually go initially to live with short-term foster carers while decisions are made about their future.

They may end up staying for just a few days, several months or even years.

Permanent fostering

If you become a permanent foster carer, a child will become part of your family until they grow up.

Not all children want to be adopted, especially older children or those who continue to have regular contact with relatives.

Remand fostering

We need foster carers to support young people in care aged 10-18 years who are in the youth justice system.

This is a specialist foster carer role, and we are looking for people with skills and experience of working with teenagers to really make a difference and help them turn their lives around.

Remand foster carers can receive full training, 24-hour specialist support, four weeks paid holiday and an annual allowance.

Connected persons

A connected person is a relative, friend or other person connected with a child in our care. Connected person carers have additional legal responsibilities around support, training and supervision of the child to those in other foster carer roles. We will help you understand and fulfil these.

Connected person carers play a unique role in helping children and young people remain with someone they know and trust.

Carers will need to:

  • Make regular recordings of the child
  • Attend training
  • Contribute to the child's life story work
  • Support the child to attend school on a daily basis

To be approved as a connected person you will need to complete a number of checks and an assessment which is very similar to the standard fostering process.

Carers of looked after children are entitled to the same support as other foster carers. This includes a full training package to develop your skills and help you progress in the role.

If you would like more information or are interested in becoming a connected person foster carer, please email connected@northamptonshire.gov.uk.

Family Link

Family Link gives disabled children in Northamptonshire the chance to spend time with another family to give their family a break. This could be for an afternoon or a few days.

Family Link carers come from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. They may be families with children, couples without children, single adults or single parents.

We are looking for people who have good experience of caring for children or feel they could offer good opportunities for children with learning disabilities.

There is a full training programme which includes preparation training and completion of the Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC) workbook.

Private fostering

Private fostering is when a child or young person under 16 years old (or 18 if they have a disability) is looked after for 28 days or more by someone who is not a close relative, guardian or person with parental responsibility.

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