Respite Care

All foster carers can be approved as respite carers

The service is available to foster carers where the plan for the child involves occasional short break care.

Foster carers may also request foster children have respite care because they, or the foster child might need a break to re charge batteries.

Also it might not be possible to include a foster child in holiday plans.

Foster carers who start fostering specialising in respite care often decide to become full time foster carers. 

Respite care

Children needing respite fostering can be any age from one year to 17 years old, but will more than likely be of school age or above.

People working full time may only want to or be able to  offer respite weekend care. 

Respite carers can provide valuable support by making a regular commitment of a few days a month. 

Fitting regular short breaks around daily life will become part of a child's life whether it is for holidays, weekends, day care or baby-sitting. 

Respite carers

Respite carers will work as part of a team with the full-time foster carers and sometimes with the children's parents. 

Respite is usually part of a shared plan to ensure a consistency of care in the child's life.