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Emergency Foster Care

Emergency Fostering

Have you ever considered becoming a Foster Carer but worried about long-term commitment? Join our community of Foster Carers who look after children on a short-term basis whilst a suitable, long-term foster family is found.

What is Emergency Fostering?

Emergency foster care provides a safe environment for children and young people when unexpected situations come up, and they cannot be cared for at home.

Emergency foster care is a temporary option for children and young people who need to be cared for very urgently, especially when there is a high risk of harm at home. Children and young people who come to be in an emergency foster family have often experienced trauma from the situation and may need extra support. An Emergency Foster Carer’s role is to safeguard children and young people’s wellbeing, with vital support from Five Rivers.

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Why would a child need emergency foster care?

Emergency foster care may become necessary for many reasons. The situation could involve the sudden death of parents and/or guardians, or more commonly, a complex home situation could emerge that requires that children be moved to a safe place. As an emergency Foster Carer, you can change lives by supporting young people when they need it the most. This is no small task, so emergency Foster Carers are provided with a high level of support.

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What support is there for Foster Carers who do Emergency Foster Care?

It takes a village to support a child, and navigating the needs of a child or young person who has experienced trauma can be challenging. Even though emergency foster care is often very short-term, we provide a high level of specialist support, a professional fee, and an allowance to cover any costs. We provide round-the-clock support with our 24 hour helpline to highly qualified staff. Plus, we offer therapeutic support, when needed, to the children living with you.

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How long does a child stay in emergency foster care for?

Children stay with an emergency foster family for a relatively short time, days or months at the most, until a suitable longer-term home can be found.

In the first 1-2 days that a child is in emergency foster care, reviews and assessments take place so that suitable and best-fit Foster Carers can be considered for a longer-term solution. However, this period may be slightly longer or shorter because how young people come into emergency foster care varies greatly. If you live in Cornwall or the Gloucester area, we are currently looking for specialist 28-day emergency Foster Carers, you can find out more here.

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