What is Fostering?

Fostering is the term used to describe looking after someone else’s child in a registered foster home.

Some children are able to return home after a short period of time, other children face an uncertain future and may need a long-term or a permanent home. Regional Fostering Services recruits and trains Foster Carers for the important role as main care providers for these vulnerable children.

In many cases Local Authorities prefer vulnerable ‘Looked after’ children to live in a foster home rather than a children’s home.

Foster Care provides the opportunity for a child to be cared for as an individual and develop bonds with adults. It can assist young people to develop into adults who can look after themselves, forge positive relationships and care safely for children of their own when the time arrives.

Fostering is regulated by the Children Act 1989 and 2004, and the Fostering Services Regulations 2002. There are National Minimum Standards for Foster Care against which all agencies and Local Authorities are inspected. The law relating to ‘Looked after’ children is continually changing, and the role of the Foster Carer is developing so that Foster Carers are recognised as part of a professional team working towards improved outcomes for children.

Regional Fostering Services has the up-most respect for Foster Carers and will always treat them with the professionalism that their status commands.

Types of Fostering

The children and young people referred to Regional Fostering Services come from various backgrounds and have varying needs. We therefore welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds to accommodate the needs of these children.

There are various types of Fostering which although they require different time commitment still demand the same high level of care and dedication. These are:


  • Emergency
  • Short-term and Respite
  • Bridging
  • Permanency
  • Long-term
  • Teenagers
  • Sibling Groups
  • Parent and Child
  • Children with Disabilities
  • Specialist/Solo Placements
  • Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers

More details of placement types can be found on our Placement Types page. If you wish to discuss placement types in greater detail please contact us on 0203 621 2101 or contact: Faraz: 07914 067413 or Ashlea: 07828755460 .