There is a variety of different fostering settings with Regular Care or Respite Care being the most commonly known.
Regular Foster Care
This is the most common fostering arrangement where foster families provide for the day-to-day care of a child in a
family setting. This placement may last a matter of days, weeks or most often a matter of months.
Respite Foster Care
Respite Foster homes provide temporary care as a break to regular full-time foster families. These placements are
usually for a matter of days and may appeal to those families wishing to consider fostering part-time.
Kinship Care & Provisional Care
Kinship Care and Provisional Care are homes provided by a family who is known to a child, such as a relative or family friend. The care provided is like regular foster care, the difference being that the home is opened as a foster home to meet the needs of a specific child or children.
Customary Care is alternate care provided to aboriginal children by the aboriginal community. Customary care arrangements allow children and youth to keep important cultural and family ties.
Specialized Foster Care
A Specialized Foster home is a home that can provide the skills and experience necessary to meet the more
specialized physical, emotional and behavioral needs of a child.
Treatment Foster Care
A Treatment Home is highly skilled in dealing with children who have extremely high needs in demanding complex situations.