Home I’m 11-18 yrs My Home Being "in care" Being "in care" There are different types of care. Social Workers and the courts work hard to make sure that it’s the best type to keep children happy, healthy and safe. ▸ Short Term Care Short Term care is when a child or young person stays with a foster family for anything from one day to maybe two years. ▸ Long Term Care Long Term care is when a child or young person goes to live with a foster family or in a residential home for many years, until they are ready to live independently. ▸ Breakaway Care Children can have Breakaway Care where they go for short regular stays. For example: One weekend a month A week or two during school holidays For a short period when a birth parent goes into hospital ▸ Pre-Adoption Fostering This is when a child or young person stays with foster carers before going to live with the family who are going to adopt them.