A guide to fostering

  1. A guide to fostering
  2. Skills and qualities we look for
  3. Short term care
  4. Long term care
  5. Support care
  6. Remand care
  7. Short breaks (You are here)
  8. Day fostering
  9. Mockingbird Family Model
  10. Our priorities and achievements

Short breaks

The 'Families Together' scheme provides short breaks, in partnership with parents, for children and young people with a disability. These children are not 'looked after' children.

It's important for families of disabled children to have an occasional break, whether for a day, a weekend or during the school holidays. After all, parents need to spend time with their other children or just each other, knowing that their disabled child is happy and well cared for in a loving family home.

Families Together caring is a planned process and usually you'll care for a disabled child for regular, short periods. We also hope that you will establish a good bond with the child's family over time. This type of foster care gives you the incredible opportunity to look after many different children and young people with their own personalities and needs.

It's usual that you work with the same families for a number of years, and many of our Families Together carers have forged supportive friendships with the families of disabled children.

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