Short Term Foster Carers Needed in Leicester

Five Rivers Child Care is recruiting respite foster carers in your area and is marking Foster Care Fortnight

(May 9– 16) by calling on more people to consider fostering.


Independent fostering provider and social enterprise, Five Rivers Child Care, is in need of short term foster carers that can provide respite care to other local foster carers throughout the year.


Five Rivers Child Care offers its long term foster carers two weeks respite each year. In that time, children in their care will stay with another local foster carer. Ideally, a child will go to the same respite foster carers’ house each time, however, due to the national shortage in foster carers, it’s not always possible to offer this stability. In Leicester, Five Rivers Child Care is recruiting for foster carers that can offer a child a home for a maximum of two weeks at a time.


Jennifer Sutton, Service Manager at Five Rivers Child Care, said: “A child in care needs stability, and when it does come time for their hard-working foster carers to go on holiday to recharge their batteries, or have some time off, because of the national shortage of foster carers, it’s rare that a child goes back to the same foster carer that has provided respite care previously. This is not the ideal solution and has the potential to add to a child’s trauma.


“We’re looking for people in your area who can provide care to children in need, when their permanent foster carers are on annual leave. Short term respite foster carers have to be over the age of 21, have a spare bedroom, but don’t have to own their own home. You can be single, in a couple, or in same-sex relationship and you do not have to have your own children. We desperately need people to come forward to provide care and support to children and young people for a maximum of 2 weeks per child, throughout the year.”


A virtual event will be held on Saturday, 14th May at 10am and Tuesday, 17th May at 7pm for people who are interested in learning more about becoming a short term foster carer. To register, visit:


For more information about becoming a foster carer, visit: