Emergency Foster Care
If you are thinking about becoming a foster carer, you soon learn that there are different types of fostering. The different types are either time-based as in short or long-term, or in requirements such as space for sibling groups or parent and child, equipment and skills for physical disabilities or special needs, or specialised training for social, emotional, or educational challenges. All carers know about emergency foster care and are prepared for this particular type.
Anytime a child is taken into care, there is a sense of urgency to find the best placement for that specific child, yet there is often a brief period of time when the determination of the best course of action takes place. This gives the agency time to find the best space.
Emergency placements come without warning. When a young person is removed from the birth home on short notice, it is because the authorities have determined that it is not safe to leave him or her in that situation. Flexibility is part of being a carer. Foster parents have the basic personality that is able to step up when duty calls.
Most of the time, the local authority removes children and teenagers from their family home due to neglect, violence or abuse. It can be systemic, and the local authority is monitoring the situation or it can erupt into dangerous conditions that demand immediate removal.
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It is not always the result of violence. As an example, if a single parent without family is suddenly taken ill and rushed to the hospital, the local authority must find a home for the kids until the mother or father recovers.
Such placements can be very short-term, lasting only for the night, although it could last for several days. In some cases, the child’s home circumstances are such that the placement turns into a permanent situation. To continue the example, if the single parent is diagnosed with a terminal illness, the young person’s placement plan must be reconsidered.
The agency is always aware of the current availability of homes and where a spare bedroom is ready, even if it is the middle of the night. It is an upsetting time for a frightened young person, suddenly faced with a situation where they are in fear for their life or seeing their parent rushed off in an ambulance.
Being whisked away from their home and taken to a stranger’s home is traumatic. An emergency fostering home where they are welcomed with warmth and comfort is important and can make all the difference in the lives of young people.
Capstone is seeking people who are graced with flexibility, adaptability, and sensitivity to join our team. If you join our team of foster parents, you will have the help and support of a supervising social worker at all times, generous benefits, paid work in a career where your skills are needed and valued, and the knowledge that you provide a service where your love makes a difference.
For any further information, please contact us at our local office on 01706 623540.