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Different kinds of foster carers.

Some foster carers may already have children of their own, but others may not have any, or their children may be grown up and living away from home. The type of home they live in varies too; it may be a house or flat, large or small, terraced or detached, have a garden or not.

The type of care foster carers provide also differs. Some foster only one child at a time whilst others can take several children at once. Many foster carers look after children for weeks or months while plans are made for the future. 'Long-term' or 'permanent' foster carers, on the other hand, often look after children for many years. 'Emergency' foster carers take children at very short notice and 'short break' foster carers provide weekends or week breaks for children and young people.