Often, certain situations can quickly arise in which a child needs immediate care and protection.
Emergency situations typically occur for a number of reasons, such as sudden illness in the family or an accident in the home. That’s why, as an emergency foster care, it’s important you are responsive and flexible, while having the expertise, skills and knowledge in order to deal with situations effectively. Find out more about emergency fostering, as well as the different types of emergency foster placements available.
An emergency foster placement is typically a short-term solution for children and young people who need immediate care and protection. Often, this type of fostering placement comes at short notice – as the children in need of a place to stay may have been subjected to an unsafe living environment, or there had been sudden changes to the family dynamic.
Emergency foster care is required often for a number of reasons. Sometimes, it may be that the parents of the children simply cannot cope with the demands of caring for a child – but in other instances, it may be the child is exposed to an environment with drug or alcohol misuse, or physical or mental health problems.
This type of fostering placement allows children who could be in immediate danger to be transferred into a safe, secure environment, usually on a temporary basis. While the child is here, social workers will be assessing the family home situation – and deciding on the next best steps. The role of an emergency foster carer is one that is transitional – caring for the child in this interim period while also preparing the child for these next steps.
Typically, emergency foster placements are usually on a short-term basis. However, in some cases, they can transform into longer-term care for the child or young person. This is common when reunification with the birth family is not possible. However, emergency foster care can also, in some instances, be as short as a matter of days, or even hours.
When you foster with Capstone Foster Care, you will be provided with extensive fostering training and support to best equip you for your role as an emergency foster carer. We give you the opportunity to select preferences for the area of fostering you’re most interested in - however when choosing emergency foster care as a preference, it’s important to note that it’s likely the closest family will be selected, in order to disrupt their home and school life as little as possible.
Looking to learn more about becoming an emergency foster carer? Find out everything about our emergency foster placements with help from our friendly team – get in touch with Capstone Foster Care today.
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