Types of foster care

We offer three types of foster care

Short term foster care

One of the types of foster care we offer is short term foster care. This is when the child is placed with you on a temporary basis. It is a very common type of foster care. The child would be with you on a temporary basis until they are returned to their birth parents, moved to a long term foster carer or are adopted. Short term fostering can be for just a few days, or weeks or even several months.


Long term foster care

Long term foster care is longer than short term foster care. The child is placed with you for two years or longer and often until they reach adulthood. They would become part of your family.


Short break (also known as respite) foster care

Short break foster care is when a child is placed with you so that their birth parents or long term foster carers can have a break from caring for the child. This may be because the child has a disability or special needs. The child would be with you for a night, a weekend or even a week or two and you may care for the same child more than once.

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Would you like to discuss what fostering entails to help you decide if it is right for you? Please call 0131 454 3370 if you live within 60 miles of Edinburgh. Please call 01224 878 158 if you live within 60 miles of Aberdeen or Elgin.

You can ask as many questions as you like to help you make your decision.

Alternatively, please email info@standrews-children.org.uk and we will get back to you.

We are always looking for foster carers for children of all ages who could provide short term, long term and short break (respite) foster care.

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One of our social workers will then contact you.

Alternatively, please call us on 0131 454 3370 (if you live within 60 miles of Edinburgh) or 01224 878 158 (if you live within 60 miles of Aberdeen or Elgin) or email info@standrews-children.org.uk and we’ll send you an enquiry form to complete and return.

If you have any questions or are unsure if you can adopt or foster through us, please contact us anyway using the details above to speak with one of our social workers.

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