Short term fostering

Short term fostering is the most common type of fostering. ‘Short term’ can mean anything from an overnight stay to a period of two years. The need for short term fostering often arises at short notice in emergency situations. Children who require short term foster care need a temporary place to stay while plans are made for their future. As with all types of fostering, it is important that children are made to feel safe in short term foster care.

What you can offer

Children who require short term foster care need a safe and supportive home. Find out more about the general criteria that must be met to become a foster carer.

Support and training

Short term foster carers have access to the same support and training offered to all foster carers.

Payments and allowances

Depending on the age of the child, you could earn up to £431.58 per week. You’ll also receive additional payments for holidays, birthdays and festivals.


For more information about short term fostering, email fosteringstockport@stockport.gov.uk or call 0161 474 3400.