Ways to foster

Have you been thinking about how you can make a difference in your community? Foster carers change the future for local children and young people and we need more people to become foster carers for Wandsworth Council. There are a number of ways you can foster.

Long term

You foster children who cannot go back to their birth family but do not want to be adopted. Usually, you’ll be their foster parent until they’re an adult.

Short term

You look after children for a few weeks or months while plans are made for their future.


You give a child somewhere safe to stay for a few nights. This is usually unplanned and you could get less than 24 hours’ notice.

Respite and short breaks

You care for children who have disabilities, special educational needs or behavioural issues while their parents or usual foster carers take a break.


You take care of young people who’ve been remanded by a court. You’ll usually need specialist training to be this type of foster parent.

Specialist therapeutic

You provide specialist therapeutic care to children and young people with complex needs or challenging behaviour. This is for experienced foster parents or those with certain skills.