Short break foster care

Short break’ is defined as ‘a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or challenging’. It’s a perfect description for respite fostering, which is where a foster carer takes on the care and support of a child or young person so that the usual foster carer can take a well-deserved break. We offer all of our foster carers respite care every year, so there’s an on-going need for respite foster carers to step in on a regular basis with short break care for children and young people.

What is short break fostering?

For foster carers (and birth parents) who look after children with particularly complex challenges, respite care is absolutely priceless. These are always short-term fostering placements, often for just a night, sometimes for a long weekend, occasionally for a week or even two. These breaks are all planned well in advance, giving short break foster carers plenty of time to make arrangements, so it’s ideal if you’re not able to be a full time foster carer.

In all cases, the child will come to your home, and they’ll almost certainly be local. Over time, you’ll probably support the same children regularly, so you’ll get to know each other well making it easier and better for everyone. And while it always causes some upheaval for the children, a new environment can also be a useful and stimulating learning experience. The biggest reward of all however, is knowing you’re making a real and lasting difference to a young person.

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Fostering Allowances

You’ll receive a generous fostering payment for every week a child or young person is in your care, designed to reward your professionalism and commitment.

Find out more about our fostering allowances here

How to become a
foster carer

To become a foster carer the first step is to fill out our online form and we’ll be in touch to talk to you more about fostering, check you meet the initial criteria to foster and of course answer any questions you may have. Our team will then arrange to visit you at home, so find out in more depth about fostering and also give us the opportunity to get to know you better. You’ll then need to fill in an application form and, if accepted, you’ll start your full fostering assessment.

Interested in becoming a foster carer with FCA Scotland?

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