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Foster care is a way to provide stability and safety for a child who is looked after by a local authority because they cannot live at home, or with family. This may be for a temporary period of time or a long-term need.

Foster carers have been approved to become foster carers, following a thorough assessment process and they look after children in their home.

Foster carers look after children on a day-to-day basis - making meals, providing basic care, and routines, and taking children to school, nursery or other education/training arrangements.

As well as maintaining routines, foster carers make sure that children have the opportunity to play, or relax, and that they have a healthy lifestyle. Foster carers also seek to build trusting relationships with the children they look after, as many of them requiring this care need help, love, time to trust, and patience.