Foster Agreements Types
Depending on duration and goals, these are the different types of fostering programmes:
- Temporary fostering. The main goal is to provide a family environment for the children until they can return to their original family once their issues have been solved. The maximum length will be of two years, unless an extension is advisable against reintegration or before adopting other more permanent solutions.
- Emergency fostering. It is aimed at children under 7 years old. It cannot take longer than 6 months, while the appropriate child protection intervention is decided. In this case, financial compensation is provided due to its specialized nature. Full permanent availability of a family member is a must within the foster family in these cases.
- Special needs fostering. It takes place within a family where some of its members hold the qualifications, experience and specific training to foster children with special needs. Full availability is a must and financial compensation is also provided. This type of fostering does not imply any work relationship whatsoever. In the case of potential work relationships, the law contemplate these as professional fostering.
- Permanent fostering. It is long-term in nature. It follows the two year temporary fostering scheme in those cases where reintegration is not possible, the particular needs of the children do require so, or any other child’s or family circumstances make it advisable.