Foster carers will look after you in their home as part of their family until you can go home to live with your own parents, family members or live independently. You may live with your foster family for a short time, just at weekends, or you may live with them for a long period of time up until you are 18.
It all depends on what is needed to make sure you are safe, happy and well cared for. Foster families are all different but every foster family wants to care for children and young people who need to be looked after. Everyone will be helpful and friendly, but it can take time, effort and understanding to settle in. Some young people may stay in touch with their foster carers even after they have left care.
Foster carers know that not everyone is the same. Some young people have particular needs because of their background or religion. Your foster carer should be aware of any needs you may have.
Don’t be afraid to ask your foster carers anything you need to know and don’t be afraid to tell them about how you are feeling about things.