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Fostering and adoption

Fostering and adoption

Derbyshire County Council is a fostering and adoption agency for the Chesterfield area.

They currently have around 630 children in care who all need homes. Children range in age from toddlers to teenagers and may need looking after for short-, medium- and long-term periods.

There are lots of different types of foster care available, so you can find the one that suits you and your family.

Short-term foster care

This is where children are likely to return home to their family after a short stay – up to three months – with foster carers.

Intermediate foster care

This is where children are likely to return home to their family or some other permanent placement but it may take a while for it to happen.

Long-term foster care

This is for children who can't return to their family. They need a long term foster family - possibly permanently - where adoption may not be possible.

Link care

This is where children with disabilities are looked after for planned, short periods of time to provide support to their family.

Disability fostering

This is where carers provide homes for children and young people with disabilities and extra needs.

Contract care

This is the most specialised fostering scheme. This is for children aged 11 to 18 years who have challenging and complex problems and need a higher level of understanding, support and guidance.

If you would like to find out more about fostering or adoption visit
or phone Derbyshire on 0800 083 7744 / 01629 533 071.

Last updated on 19 January 2016