Long term fostering is where a child lives with long-term foster carers until they reach adulthood ad are ready to live independently.  Not all children who cannot return to their families want to be adopted, especially older children or those who continue to have regular contact with relatives.

As a foster carer, you will be asked to provide ‘permanency’ for that child, so they can settle into your family and have a sense of security and continuity.  You should definitely have a chance to meet a child or young person before a long-term placement is made, and in some cases a fostering panel will need to approve the child’s placement.  This is to ensure that the child has been matched as appropriately as possible with carers who can best meet the child’s long-term needs.