East Lothian Council

Foster East Lothian

Different Types of Fostering

Young boy having fun playing with a foster parent
Foster carers who can offer loving and supportive care can choose any mix of the following fostering roles to fit their circumstances:

  • Interim foster carers – to look after children and young people who are temporarily unable to be with their own families until the situation at home has improved or permanent foster carers or adopters are found
  • Permanent foster carers – to look after children when it is clear they will be unable to return to their own families
  • Continuing Care: Supporting Young Adults – to care for and work with teenagers and young adults to help prepare them for independent living 
  • Short Break Carers – This can range from Respite Carers to look after children for short periods to Support Carers offering regular support to children and young people still living at home and Share the Care – a family-based respite service for children and young people with physical and/or learning disabilities.


East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.