There are many different categories to describe the different types of foster care. These include:

  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Placements should not exceed beyond 28 days.
  • Temporary Foster Care
  • You may hear the words "temporary care" used instead of short or long term care because of the difficulty of putting a time on some placements.
  • Short Term Foster Care
  • Placements are from 28 days to 3 months/6 months
  • Long term Foster Care
  • Placements can be up to 2 years or longer. Some children may find themselves in foster care longer than this. Children can be placed back with their family even after very long periods in care.
  • Community Care/Kinship Care
  • Another term for community-based/family-based out of home care used by Private Agencies.
  • Placement with Relatives
  • If at all possible, the child is placed with relatives as the first option.
  • Pre-adoptive Foster Care
  • During the time that adoption is being arranged for a child, the child is placed in the pre-adoptive foster care program organised by the Department for Child Protection.