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 Recovery and Intervention Service (IRIS)
IRIS offers the opportunity to foster full-time. You will support some of our most complex children and young people and help them prepare to return home or settle in long-term foster care. If you enjoy a challenge and have previous experience of fostering (or significant experience of working with young people), this type of fostering is for you.
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. 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.