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Long-Term Fostering with Changing Futures Fostering

Long-Term Fostering

Everything You Need To Know

  • What is long-term fostering?
  • What are the benefits of long-term fostering?
  • How does long-term fostering with Changing Futures work?

What Is Long-Term Fostering?

Long-term fostering, also known as permanent foster care, means that you will care for and look after the child or young person until they reach adulthood. This type of fostering placement often occurs when there are reasons that prevent a child or young person from returning to their birth family or in instances where adoption is not possible. The aim of long-term fostering is to provide a vulnerable child or young person with a loving, safe and stable environment where they can grow and progress as any child should.

What Are The Benefits Of Long-Term Fostering?

The major benefit of long-term fostering placements is that they allow for closer bonds to be built between foster parents and the children in their care. This obviously means that choosing the right placement based on a child’s needs and requirements is vital, as it will lay the foundations for a happy, healthy relationship – understanding each other is key here!

Based on voluntary mutual attachments built during their time in your care, long-term placements harbour life-long relationships. Other benefits include permanency, stability and consistency for both foster parents and foster children, which helps to create a sense of belonging within a family and living together as a family unit. This is especially beneficial for the children in your care as they may never have experienced life in a happy, loving and fun home. Overall, long-term foster care placements not only allow a vulnerable child a second chance at happiness but enable you to have a long-lasting impact on their life and growth. At Changing Futures, we can confirm that there are few feelings as rewarding as this!

How Does Long-Term Fostering With Changing Futures Work?

Within long-term foster care placements, there is a high level of delegated authority, meaning that foster parents are able to make decisions about the children in their care. At any stage during the placement, additional training is available to manage new challenges as they arise. As any child grows into a young adult, there is the potential for strain or issues, which is why we offer complete support throughout the entire placement. We are here to advise you on a whole host of things that may emerge over time, including changing relationships with their birth family, their preparation for independence, as well as all of the typical challenges of growing up. Changing Futures offers a fool-proof plan and support network to enable you and the child or young person in your care to grow together and, equally as importantly, to have fun!

At Changing Futures Fostering, we’re all about providing our foster parents with the information and support they need to really make a difference in a vulnerable child’s life. If you need any more information about long-term fostering, please click here to contact us. Or, please feel free to email us at admin@changingfuturesne.co.uk or give us a call on 01429 363 127 to speak to our brilliant fostering team!