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What is fostering?

Fostering is a professional career looking after children when they are unable to live at home. There are many different types of fostering available from temporary and short break care to long term fostering.


The period of time can vary according to a child's particular circumstances but can range from a few weeks to over a year. Children are placed in temporary foster placements whilst a decision is being made via the court if it is safe and appropriate for the child to return home.

Long term / Permanent

Unfortunately some families will never be able to provide the necessary care and protection for their children, therefore these children will need a permanent alternative family until they can be independent. Foster carers who offer long term placements will pledge a commitment to the child or young person until they have the skills for independent living. Children and young people in long term foster placements will still have some contact with their birth families.

In Bury, we need carers who can offer siblings and young people permanent foster homes in order to help them reach their full potential. For more information, request a pack or call our team on 0800 9555 311.

Short break care

We have families in Bury who are in crisis and need extra support for a period of time to help maintain their family unit. We need carers who can offer regular short planned breaks to a child or sibling group, who are living with their own families.

This type of fostering can help keep families together and may appeal to those who have limited time to offer but who could offer a break for one or two weekends a month and perhaps for a few days during school holidays or for a few hours after school each week. Short break care can sometimes be a good introduction into general fostering. For more information call us for an informal chat on 0800 9555 311.

Home from Home scheme

This scheme offers regular short planned breaks to disabled children and young people for up to 28 days a year. Some children will be mobile and others will be wheelchair users. This type of care is usually offered at the weekend and may appeal to people who have limited time to offer.

By welcoming a child into their home, the carer can give a child new experiences in a safe, homely environment and give the family a break from caring.

A separate leaflet about this scheme can be requested from the Fostering Team.

Supported lodgings

Some foster carers specialise in helping young people prepare to live independently. Foster carers will need to help these young people develop self-confidence along with life skills, such as looking after their own health, budgeting, completing domestic tasks and managing social relationships.