Different types of fostering and training opportunities

Fostering opportunities

There are a wide range of fostering opportunities available across the county. The type of fostering you are most suited to will depend on factors such as your skills, experience and your availability. Please take a look at all of the options and training that we offer.

Emergency fostering is when children need somewhere safe to stay for a few nights and time-limited fostering is when carers look after children for a few weeks or months, while plans are made for the child’s future.

Long term fostering for children and young people who are unable to return to live with their birth family we very carefully choose alternative permanent carers. Our long term foster carers look after children until they reach maturity and independence.

Part-time fostering roles offering placements to children and young people when their usual foster carers need to take a short break from fostering.

Parent and baby placements provide a safe and nurturing environment for both the young parent and their child. The carers provide mentoring and practical advice on parenting.

Please see the six steps to fostering if you want to become a foster carer.

The Supported Lodgings scheme provides young people aged between 16 and 21 years old with a room in a friendly home and the support and guidance of an adult or adults living there.  

Supported Lodgings carers support young people to gain the independence skills and confidence they need as they transition to adulthood and independent living. This will include help with preparing meals, washing and budgeting as well as emotional support and guidance. Our carers provide less intensive support and lower level of supervision compared to foster carers. This makes it possible for Supported Lodgings carers to continue paid employment alongside their caring role.

Who can become a supported lodgings carer?

We are looking for people who feel they can offer approachable, open-minded support to a young person in order to help prepare them for independence. You need to live within easy access of good public transport links and have a spare room in your home. Carers can be single, married or living with a partner. Carers may have adult children who have moved out of home, children still at home or may not have had any children of their own.

What support do supported lodgings carers receive?

Cambridgeshire County Council provide a comprehensive support package including preparation training, ongoing support. Carers are paid £250 per week while a young person is placed with them.

Please see the six steps to fostering if you want to apply to be part of the Supported Lodgings scheme.

We want to make fostering rewarding and fulfilling for all our carers which is why we provide the support that we do. Join our trusted local authority fostering service and change lives.

Supervision and support:

We offer 24/7 support and advice. Our carers receive regular supervision from their Supervising Social Worker. Specialist support can also be accessed from our specialist clinician team.


We encourage our carers to attend regular training managed by the Fostering and Training Team. Our dedicated trainers can help carers work towards the training, support and development standards and work to a level 3 diploma along with a wide range of child specific courses.


We pay maintenance allowances based on the age of the children and young people placed with our carers. Carers who develop their skills and knowledge by continuous or continuing professional development also receive additional Skills Level Payments.

Support groups:

Our regular foster carer Support Groups run at three venues in the county and are lively, interactive forums for our carers to share experiences, ideas and receive updates from Social Workers and other members of the team. We also offer support groups to our experienced carers, Link and an evening support groups for male carers.

As an approved foster carer you will become a member of Foster Talk and receive support and advice.

Volunteering to support children and young people in care

Would you like to meet with a child or young person once a month to go out for social visits, share hobbies and interests and try new activities. You will befriend, mentor and provide continuity in the life of a child in care and above all, have fun together! For more information please visit our Independent Visitor page.