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Is fostering a job? Can you foster and work? These are two of the most common questions people ask regarding starting a career in fostering. However, is often dependent on the individual circumstances of the carer, for example, if you are fostering as a single parent or as a couple, or the demands required from your workplace. As fostering is considered as a career, it’s likely that working outside the home may not be necessary. Learn more about if you can work and foster from our detailed guide. Yes – fostering is considered as a full-time job. When you become...

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Long term fostering refers to when a child or young person is not able to return to their birth family, or adoption is not possible. This type of fostering placement, also known as permanent fostering, will usually last until the child in care ages out of the foster care system by reaching adulthood. People often wonder about the difference between long term fostering and adoption. Long term fostering allows the child or young person to remain in contact with their birth family, if this is appropriate, while providing a safe, secure home for them. However, adoption is more of a...

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Often in life, situations can quickly arise where a child may need immediate care or protection. These situations could occur for a number of reasons, such as illness or an accident in the home - which is why, as an emergency foster carer, it’s important that you are flexible and responsive, as well as having the expertly trained skills and knowledge to deal with a situation effectively. Learn more about what emergency fostering is and the different types of emergency foster care placements from our detailed guide. Emergency fostering placements offer short-term care for children and young people who need...

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