Some people come to fostering with extra skills that mean they are perfect for our specialist types of fostering. These may be skills gained through personal or work experience or from previous experience of fostering.
Intensive support fostering (IRIS)
We need experienced foster carers to care for some of the most complex children in our county.These are children who have experienced significant trauma in their young lives and need extraordinary foster carers with commitment, empathy and resilience.
Parent and Child fostering
Our Parent and child foster carers provide a safe and secure home for a parent and their child. The foster carer is in the unique position of helping the parent develop alongside the child. If you'd like to help a family stay together and can role model good parenting, this type of fostering is for you.
Short-term Emergency Placements Scheme (STEPS)
Sometimes we need emergency placements that last longer than the normal 72 hours, so that we have time to plan the next move for a child with a minimum of disruption for them. If you like the flexibility of short term placements and have the resilience to manage an emergency situation, this type of fostering is for you.
Supported lodgings carers help a young person aged 16 or 17 prepare to be independent. You will guide them and offer practical support in developing their independent living skills. If you enjoy the company of teenagers and want to help them take the next step into independence, this type of fostering is for you.
Fostering young asylum seekers
If you're interested in other cultures and in helping young people, fostering young asylum seekers could be for you. You will support them while their asylum claim is considered, help them make links within the community and help them access services to overcome any trauma they may have experienced.
Watch our video on types of fostering