Foster Care encompasses children with a wide range of needs and from birth up to young adulthood, so there are different types of fostering to suit different children.  Some foster carers specialise in fostering particular groups of children, for example, looking after teenagers on remand, or pre-school children, but others combine several types.

The names given to different types of fostering may refer to how long the care lasts, e.g. emergency or short-term, or to things such as the age group of the children and young people, or to their particular needs.