We pride ourselves on finding the closest possible match when children need to be placed in foster care and identifying any additional training, support or resource required. We work in partnership with Local Authorities and all other agencies to achieve the best possible outcome for all children who need to be looked after.
CFFA specializes in offering the following types of placements:
CFFA provides a 24 hour a day emergency service. Many foster parents choose to specialize in short term work and are able to accept unplanned, emergency placements. An emergency placement ideally should not exceed a few days and it would be anticipated that the child or young person should be moved to a more suitable placement within a week in a planned way.
Short term placements:
Provision of short term care that could be for a few days, weeks or months, whilst plans are made for the child’s future by the Local Authority.
We can provide bridging placements for children or young people while permanency plans are being formulated. In such placements, CFFA foster parents work with children/young people and their families toward reunification, or prepare children/young people for joining adoptive or long term/permanent fostering families, or for moving to a semi-independent or an independent living arrangement.
Respite placements are provided to give parents a break, or offer additional support if they do not have their own support network. In addition, respite is also offered to our own foster parents and is available in order to support placement demands and needs.
Long term placements
These placements are where adoption is not an option, and the foster parent will care for a child/young person up to and into adult independence.
CFFA foster parents routinely look after children and young people who may make considerable demands upon them and also upon the services of the Agency. However, occasionally a child or young person has very specific and complex needs which, initially at least, require a higher than usual level of support, monitoring and supervision. Because of his/her needs, a child or young person may require constant individual attention and supervision that precludes the placement of any other fostered children/young people or prohibits the use of any remaining placement vacancies within the foster home. With such placements there is usually higher-level input from the Agency.
Asylum seeker placements:
CFFA has a pool of very experienced foster parents from diverse backgrounds who are willing to advocate, access services and work within the child’s care plan in supporting and caring for unaccompanied children and young people from outside the UK.
CFFA has a range of foster parents who have experience and skills in caring for children and young people who are disabled and/or require specialist medical care.
Sibling placements are for brother and sisters who all are placed together into a foster care household. We believe in keeping siblings together within a family environment, unless it is deemed inappropriate by the placing Authority.
Intensive support placements:
These placements are intended for children and young people who have very complex needs/ or challenging behavior. They may have care histories that include previous foster placement disruptions and/or previously unsuccessful residential care placements, or they may face the imminent prospect of residential care, the risk of being placed in secure accommodation or discharge from secure accommodation. A number of our foster parents are specially trained to provide such placements.
Parent and child placements:
Placements are available for mothers and/or fathers and their child, where foster parents can provide support and guidance to parent(s) and help them develop parenting skills. If requested, and by arrangement with the placing Local Authority, a formal assessment of parenting ability can be undertaken by suitably qualified and experienced CFFA staff in conjunction with the CFFA foster parent. Comprehensive written assessment reports, for use in child protection conferences, planning meetings, statutory reviews or court proceedings, can be prepared.
Remand placements are for young people who have been remanded by a court to the care of an experienced foster parent. These foster parent will have gained experience of working with young people with challenging behavior and have received training. A number of these foster parents have experience of residential work and experience of working with challenging behavior.