Types of Foster Care

Types of foster care

Full Time Fostering:Couch

Short term: where a child needs someone to care for them for a fixed period while plans are being made for their future.

Long term: where it's not possible for the child to return home and a more permanent home is needed.

Emergency: where children have to be placed in foster care with little or no notice

Parent & baby: where parents need the support of Foster Carers to learn parenting skills and where Carers contribute to our assessment of the parents.

Part time fostering:

Respite: Short, planned breaks designed to give full time Foster Carers some regular time off, maybe one weekend or more depending on the individual circumstances

Support care: Short, planned breaks to give parents support during a difficult period (e.g. because of illness)

Short breaks for children with disabilities:  Regular short breaks for children with learning and/or physical disabilities which also helps their families to have a break, too.

Other types of Fostering:

Supported Lodgings: The Supported Lodgings Scheme provides young people (16-24) with a 'stepping stone' to living independently. 

Family & friends/kinship:  Where a close family friend or member of the child's family becomes the Foster Carer for the child for a short or long period of time.

Private Fostering: When a child under 16 (or under 18 if they have disabilities) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a close relative, we call this 'private fostering'. This is a private arrangement made between a parent and a carer, for 28 days or more. 'Close relatives' are step-parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts.



  • Email: fostering@powys.gov.uk
  • Phone: 0800 22 30 627
  • Address: The Park, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NZ (north)
  • Address: Neuadd Brycheiniog, Cambrian Way, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7HR (south)


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