Foster Carers are people employed by either the Local Authority or a private agency to provide accommodation for children who cannot live at home safely. Foster Carers must be rigorously assessed in a process which can take up to a year and will involve every aspect of their life, and their families lives being examined. They can be ‘short-term’ carers (up to two years) or ‘long term’ (can last for the duration of childhood). They can provide mother and baby placements, or can be ‘specialist carers’ (looking after children with additional needs). Whilst they do not have Parental Responsibility for any children placed with them, and cannot make any decisions, Foster Carers are responsible for the day-to-day care of your children. They have a Social Worker from the Fostering Team available to them for support, guidance and help.