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Residential Migration - Information

What is Residential Migration?

We believe that all children deserve a family life. Our Residential Migration service has been developed to provide stable, long-term foster placements for children who would otherwise be in long-term residential homes, hospice or hospital care.

Who is it for?

We specialise in providing care for children who have disabilities, high medical needs, autism and learning difficulties. Our carers are experienced in supporting children with complex needs and can do this in a loving family environment.

What are the benefits for the children?

The children live as part of a family in a stable and nurturing home environment. They can gain life skills and live in a community, access local resources, gain friends and have a better chance of semi-independence, where possible, when they leave care rather than being institutionalised all their life.

What are the benefits for the Local Authority?

Not only does the child benefit from an experience of family life, our Residential Migration service will also save the placing Local Authority a great deal of money. Our placements are very successful and most importantly, we will do all the work for you; we provide assessments, matching and the setting up of services.

What are the potential cost savings?

Credo Care has been successfully relocating children from residential and hospital care into long-term foster homes for many years.

It is possible to save at least half or two thirds of current expenditure from residential care, even more when young people are moving from long term hospice or specialist hospital settings.  Please contact us to discuss your individual needs.

What’s involved?

We will provide assessments of children in their current placement. Our skilled professionals will identify their care needs and assess whether they could be met in a foster care placement. We will look at each child’s holistic, health and education needs and make a recommendation.

  • 1. Identify – the first step is for you to identify children with disabilities or complex medical needs who are in expensive residential care.
  • 2. Initial meeting – we will visit you to help identify and agree which children to review for possible migration to specialist foster placements.
  • 3. Assessment – we will visit each child in their current care setting to review and identify their needs.
  • 4. Report – we will provide a bespoke report outlining our findings and our assessment of whether the child’s needs could be met in a foster care placement.
  • 5. Matching – we will make recommendations for foster carers if we have vacancies that will be suitable, or we can work with you to recruit specialist carers specifically for the child.
  • 6. Planning – we will meet with you to plan the placement. We will organise services including home visits and carer training specifically to meet the needs of your young person.

The whole process could take from a week to a few months depending on your desired outcome.

In some cases, it may be better for the child to stay in their current setting. In this case, the Local Authority will have evidence to support their management discussions when agreeing budgets.

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Residential Migration success stories

Please click the images below to hear more about some of our successful Residential Migration Foster Placements, from Local Authorities we have already worked with.


Arrange your free assessment

If you feel that you have a referral for a child that would be able to move into a specialist foster home, please get in touch with to discuss how we can help you. For infomation about our current vacancies or to discuss our Residential Migration service, please contact our Referrals Team on 0330 123 5530 or send us a message.




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About Credo Care

Credo Care was established in 2000 as the UK's first independent fostering agency specialising in the care of children with disabilities, complex medical needs and learning difficulties.

Our goals are to raise the standards of disability care for children, reduce the financial burden of long-term residential and hospice care on local authorities and to ensure that becoming a foster parent is a positive and rewarding experience for all of our carers.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.

Contact Us

  • Head office: 12 High Street, Lydd, Romney Marsh, Kent TN29 9AJ
  • Phone: 0330 123 5530
  • Email: Using Contact Form