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Types of foster care

Adult and toddler reading on a sofa

There are different types of foster care to meet the needs of every child.

Short term

A short-term placement can range from an emergency overnight stay, weekend breaks, school holidays or anything up to two years.

Long term

Long term care provides a stable and warm home for a child, supporting them to adulthood and independence.

Parent and child placements

These placements provide care to the parent and child, offering support and advice for parents to learn the skills to take care of their child. The placement can vary from a few weeks to a few months.

Supported lodgings 16 plus

A supported lodgings carer provides help and support to enable young adults, preparing to leave our care, to learn important life skills and become independent.

Short breaks

Short breaks are offered to children who would benefit from some time away from their normal routines. This can include sleepovers, days out and weekend visits as a flexible arrangement to support families and fostering households.

Emergency care

There are times when children require a safe placement at short notice in times of an emergency. This can be for a night or two until they can be returned safely home or to a foster family that has been matched for them. This might be late in the night or over a weekend.

Family link

There are carers with specialist skills and experience who support children with disabilities with day outings and short breaks.

Fostering unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

This is where a non-British child has arrived alone in the United Kingdom, seeking asylum. We have a duty to provide care for the child.

If you are interested in joining us as a foster carer, we’d love to receive your enquiry.

Once your enquiry has been submitted, we will contact you for an informal discussion. You can also call us on 01983 823160.

Contact information

Children & Families

Children's Services Department - Children and Families Branch
Isle of Wight Council
Children's Safeguarding
Floor 3
County Hall
Newport
Isle of Wight
PO30 1UD

Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm
Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm