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Short-term Foster Carer

As a Short-term Foster Carer you will provide care for the child and work with the fostering team on the journey to securing the long-term ‘permanence’ plan for the child or young person.

Being a Short-term Foster Carer

In fostering, short-term can mean a day, a month or a year. It means that the plans for a child are still being thought through. 

This means always being there to help a child or young person while they need you, and then helping them to move on too; to their family, another foster family or adoption.

About the workplace

You will work from home and be supported by an office-based team in their local authority or fostering agency. Supervising social workers will guide you and identify support needs and opportunities for learning and development appropriate to the children in your care.

Required Qualifications

No qualifications needed.

To become a foster carer you will be assessed by a social worker and approved as a foster carer with your local authority or fostering agency.

Getting started as Short-term Foster Carer

Foster Wales is a national network of 22 Welsh local authority fostering services. They're part of your local community and offer expert local support and guidance. 


  • keep children local wherever possible
  • are one team
  • not for profit.

Training programmes

If you’re considering a career in care, we have a range of training programmes available to help you get started.