Types of placements

Shared Family Care provides a number of different types of foster care placements.  Fostering placements can be for primary, respite or emergency.

At Shared Family Care we take pride in ensuring we match our carers to a child or young person’s needs as much as possible.  We strive to ensure that we match as best we can based on the information provided.  However we encourage our carers to be flexible and willing to take more than one type of foster care placement.


Emergency placements
involves caring for children or young people who need somewhere safe to stay immediately, usually for a few nights or weeks.

Primary placements
involves looking after children or young people for a few months up to 2 years until difficulties at home are resolved or alternative plans are made for their future.  Primary placements could also involve caring for children or young people until they reach 18 years of age.

Respite placements
is caring for children or young people for short periods for their primary foster or kinship carer.

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