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Short term and respite

This type of fostering can be anything from a few days to a few years, depending on the situation.

The child or young person will be placed with you whilst arrangements are made to return them home, or to find a long-term foster carer or adoptive placement.

Respite is used to give parents or other foster carers a break, or to give the child or young person a break from home. There is a careful matching process and it’s likely to be a regular, ongoing arrangement.

Long-term and permanence options

Long-term placements can last until the child is 18, or 21 if the child is in full time education or has disabilities.

These placements ensure stability and can be with mainstream foster carers, connected persons (also known as Kinship and usually with family members) Child Arrangement Orders (previously known as Residence Orders), Special Guardianship Orders (SGOs) and also adoption, where the child legally becomes the child of the adoptive parents and the arrangement is for life.

Read our foster carer story about long term care

Tier 3 carers

Tier 3 carers are specialist carers who look after children and young people who display challenging behaviours. Tier 3 carers have specific experience and skills relevant to the role.

Remand care

This is an area we are developing and full details will be released in due course.

Email adoptionandfostering@bedford.gov.uk or call 01234 718718 if you would like to discuss in more detail.

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