Find out about the different types of foster care in North Yorkshire.

There are different types of foster care. We work together with you to decide the best fit for you and your family, including deciding what age group, gender or number of children you're best suited to look after.

It is really important for brothers and sisters to stay together – we know how strong those family bonds can be, so we need foster carers who are able to look after more than one child. It can be very distressing for children to be separated from their adult family members, so we need to make sure brothers and sisters can comfort and support each other at such a difficult time.

Being a teenager can be a confusing, emotional and challenging time for any child, and going through family breakdown or upheaval can make life difficult for some. It is vital vulnerable teenagers get the support and stability they need to help them become well-adjusted adults and although teenagers can be challenging, helping a young adult thrive can be incredibly rewarding.

Carers and parents may need breaks, too. Our respite fostering service gives those looking after children the chance to recharge their batteries and can also ease situations where illness or family breakdown are a feature. Respite fostering can offer regular breaks from home, for a few days at a time, thus enabling children and young people to live with their own family for the rest of the time.

Most of the children who need foster care require a place to stay for a short period, usually between three months and two years. This is while their situation is assessed and long-term arrangements are made, whether the children are going back to their families or moving on to adoption. Foster carers need to be able to make children feel safe and at home during this time, and to help day-to-day life carry on as well as possible.

Sometimes, children are unable to return to live with their family and will either go to be placed with adopters on a permanent basis or will be looked after by foster carers until they reach adulthood. Providing stability, care and support throughout childhood is one of the most rewarding aspects of permanent or long-term foster care, helping vulnerable children grow into happy and secure young adults.

Sometimes children will need somewhere to stay at very short notice and for often just a few days. This could start at the weekend or in the middle of the night, so carers offering emergency placements need to be flexible and prepared to open their home with little notice.

Carers and parents sometimes need breaks too. Short breaks fostering gives those looking after children the chance to spend time focusing on their own lives and the opportunity relax and recharge for a weekend or a few days.

As part of our fostering service, we offer pre planned short break support for children and young people with additional needs.

These fostering short breaks take place in the homes of approved short break foster carers who specialise in supporting disabled children and their families. Short breaks are generally for regular weekends or overnight stays and sometimes for outreach support or day care between overnight stays. We ask that short breaks carers can offer at least three full days and nights per month, which we would work with you to fit around your job or lifestyle.

The aim is to ensure that the children have a positive experience, their needs are met and they are given the opportunity to access new experiences and meet new people. The skills, experience and interests of carers are matched with the needs and interests of the children and this type of caring might suit active couples who are keen to support local families.

Short break foster care is pre-planned and provides invaluable support to disabled children and their families who often find they all benefit from regular breaks – this also helps to prevent family breakdown with our carers often building strong bonds with our families.

Short break carers are specially recruited, assessed, trained and supported. They may have experience of caring for children with additional needs in either their personal or work life but this is not essential, as appropriate training can also be provided along with generous financial packages.

If you're looking after the child of a relative or friend on a full-time basis, either temporarily or permanently, then this is called family and friends foster care.

You will need to be welcoming, open to learning about new cultures, and able to nurture and encourage asylum-seeking children to settle in to life in a new country. Our locally based social work teams, networks of foster carers and quality training will ensure you receive all the support you need. Our usual competitive financial packages are in place.

If you are able to give time to help a child or young person and you have space in your home to do so, please contact us to find out more about fostering asylum seeking children who are separated from their families. You really will be making an enormous difference!

Receive up to £840 per week as a specialist foster carer.

At Fostering North Yorkshire we are urgently looking for people with significant experience of working with or caring for young people with challenging needs to join our well established and supportive team of foster carers as a specialist foster carer.

You could have worked in professions such as youth work, teaching, social work, or social care - or you may have already fostered and wish to progress your skill set on to specialist care, if so we would love to hear from you.

A specialist foster carer, caring for a child aged between 16 and 18 would receive fees and allowances totalling over £840 per week, equivalent to over £43k annually, plus extra payments for birthdays, festivals and holidays.

Specialist foster caring is a full time role for an individual (this can be split between couples), supporting local young people with challenging and complex behaviours.

The difference a foster carer can make in childrens’ lives is immeasurable and you will truly be making a difference in a real way, helping young people to achieve all they can in life and offering the consistency and security they may not have previously experienced.

Complete an expression of interest form or call us now on 01609 534654.

Contact the fostering team and make a difference that lasts a lifetime

If you think you could offer the care and support these children need, we want to hear from you.

You can find out more about the children and young people we need foster placements for, and about our great financial packages, excellent training and locally based support by calling us or completing an expression of interest form.

We also run regular fostering information sessions, which are a great way to chat to our team over a cuppa and ask any questions you may have.