Short Notice Fostering
How do you foster at short notice?
In some cases a baby, child or young person requires immediate placement and must be placed with a foster family without any formal introductions.
Fostering at short notice is a difficult situation for most involved, children may lack basic supplies and clothing and have a lack of understanding of their situation. Carers who are approved for short notice are individuals who can develop relationships quickly and cultivate warm, welcoming and secure environments for children at the drop of a hat.
Where possible, these placements are still tailored depending on the carer’s situation and the needs of the child, however, they must be prepared to deal with challenging behaviours, and specialist care requirements including children with disabilities.
Much like short-term placements, short notice placements are required until a more permanent or long-term home is arranged, you’ll provide the same advocacy and care that a short-term placement would, however, the length of placement wouldn’t exceed a few weeks.
Outcomes of short notice fostering
Short notice fostering is challenging, varied and sometimes disruptive. However, it can be the most fulfilling type of fostering an individual can do. To welcome a child in need, in difficult circumstances requires absolute dedication to the child and as a foster carer, you can witness very quickly how a stable, loving environment can benefit a child/young person in the most need.
Foster carers that take on short notice placements benefit from the most personal development, being thrust into very changeable situations and being able to make a relationship flourish in the thick of challenging circumstances.
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