Emergency care is in high demand.
Often when a child is placed in the foster system it can be at short notice, without a home ready to take them for a short-term placement. While the agency needs time to find an appropriate short-term family, often the authorities cannot leave the child in their existing home. Emergency carers fill a much needed gap in that space. They’ll take a child at short notice, for anywhere between a night to 2 weeks – depending on how long it takes the agency to find an appropriate longer family placement. In this way, emergency care is the coalface of the foster care system. It can be a time where a child brand new to the system needs understanding, love, support and security in their first moments of not knowing what the future will hold.
Click on one of the links below to find your local foster care agency and apply for an information session.