Long-term fostering involves looking after a child or young person until they reach adulthood and are ready to live independently.
Long-term foster placements give children the chance to develop a sense of stability and belonging, helping them to settle in to their new environment and enjoy secure attachments.
In Scotland, permanence in foster care is defined as a child or children being claimed by their carers and being accepted as members of the family with continuity into adulthood. Usually, a permanent placement will happen with the child already being placed with the carers on a short-term basis until their care plan is decided by the Local Authority. Once the Local Authority has followed their protocol in permanency planning and agreed the child should remain in permanent foster care with their current carers, a new permanence assessment of the carers’ suitability for the task is undertaken by the agency.
This assessment is presented at FCA Scotland’s panel for approval and is then presented to the Local Authority’s panel for approval and formal matching of the child to those carers. Alongside this, the Local Authority will apply for a Permanence Order. This is a relatively new type of court order which allows the Local Authority to regulate certain parental rights and responsibilities where appropriate.
Long-term fostering or fostering a young person permanently, is incredibly rewarding and gives you a true sense of personal achievement. However, it’s not without its challenges, and that’s where we come in. When you foster with us, you’re never alone. You’ll receive a generous financial allowance and comprehensive package of training and support from the moment you join our team. Better still, it’s available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Download our Permanence brochure here.
To find out more about long-term foster care or permanent placements call us on 0141 646 4805 or fill in our online enquiry form and we’ll get back to you.
If you would like some more information to help you decide whether fostering is for you all you need to do is contact us.
Call us on 0141 646 4805 (lines open Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm)
Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we’re here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.
Outside of these hours please call 0800 434 6000. Freephone lines open Mon to Thurs – 5pm to 8pm.