Respite foster care

Respite or short break foster care is very important as it gives families without a network of support a much-needed chance to recharge their batteries. This in turn means they feel more able to cope with the children in their care, and gives them all a better chance of staying together.


Why should I consider respite or short break fostering?

There are often many reasons why a family may need respite support. Whether they are birth parents or carers, a challenging home environment can be very stressful without a break. So as a respite foster carer you’d offer a valuable lifeline for the whole family, giving them support when they need it most.

Respite fostering can last a day, a weekend, or sometimes a week or more. It all depends on the needs of the family. The nice thing is, local foster carers in the same network often support each other with respite care, which means children can stay with a family they already know, providing a sense of familiarity.

Want to know more?



  • Applying to be a foster carer
  • The different kinds of foster care
  • Support for our foster carers
  • Our training and development programmes
  • How fostering affects your finances

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