Types of placements
Silver Lining Fostering Agency foster carers are supported to provide two core services:
Mainstream Fostering Placements
‘Family Friendly’ Services
Every successful placement starts with an intelligent matching. We work tirelessly to offer the right placement for every child that is referred to us. We routinely offer the following types of placements/services:
Mainstream Fostering Placements
These placements come at short notice, when a child needs to be rehomed immediately due to it being unsafe for them to stay where they are. This requires a quick yet thorough review of the specific needs of the child and matching these with a suitable foster carer.
Short term or bridging placements:
These are the most common types of placements and can be required for anything between a few days or weeks to a couple of years. The children involved may be going through care proceedings or waiting to be adopted or their family may be temporarily unable to care for them due their circumstances. This requires the child to stay with you for a short period of time until their longer-term plans are finalised.
Long term or permanent placements:
These placements are for children whose long-term care plan is known and they will stay in care until they become adults. These sorts of placements offer permanence and stability to children who can’t or don’t wish to be adopted.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children:
In light of the current refugee crisis, Silver Lining Fostering Agency aims to recruit families from diverse backgrounds to support children and young people who are deemed unaccompanied asylum seekers or in cases where their residency with the UK is still uncertain. We offer specialist training and support foster families on matters related to immigration and social integration of the child within their specific community as well as British society.
Targeted or Specialist placements:
Our specialist placements would attract a higher degree of support and supervision to our carers. The support also involves a specialist training package and an enhanced allowance to ensure that the carers understand the specific needs of these children and are well supported to care for the children effectively.
Solo placement- where the needs of the child or young person are so complex that it requires a higher level of support and supervision, which precludes the placement of any other child or young person within the remaining vacancies in the foster home.
Children with additional needs- These placements are targeted at children who may have additional complex needs as a result of a disability, condition or previous life experiences.
Parent and child placement: Parent and child foster placements involve both the child and their parent (usually a mother) staying with foster carers. The focus of these placements is to support the parent learn basic care skills from the foster carer to provide a safe and nurturing environment for their child.
Remand placements- where a young person is remanded by court into public care.
Family Friendly Services
Many Local Authorities have been seeking preventative Children and Family services that can offer help to families whose children are on the edge of care. It is clearly recognised that family life is often difficult and all families experience their ups and downs.
Most families are able to resolve these difficulties by being able to call on extended family and friendship networks to give themselves a breathing space. However, families who can’t rely on these built-in resources can really struggle, and children can end up being looked after by the local authority.
Family Friendly Service is organised as a Family Support service that aims at offering good quality respite foster care placements to families where children are on the edge of care. Family Friendly Service is very much the preventative face of foster care in that placements are offered before, rather than after a situation has reached the point of breakdown. The organisation of the service takes us back to the core principles of the Children Act 1989 which is that wherever possible children and young people should be supported to remain within their own families.
The service recognises that often parents under stress ask for a break; quite often young people do so also. With a lack of choice, a child being looked after was possibly the only option available to the family but not necessarily their choice.
In recognition of such events, Family Friendly Service is organised so that it offers alternatives to families, allowing for an accommodation agreement to be arranged for a fixed period allowing the parents to remain the primary source of care. The service is organised to be flexible to respond to requests for placements at relatively short notice and will offer families a placement that is tailor-made to fit their situation at the given time.
If you are interested to find out more about Family Friendly services, please drop an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.