Types of placements


Silver Lining Fostering Agency foster carers are supported to provide many different types of placements.


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:

Type of Fostering Placements

  • Emergency 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.